Kiatisak hangs up his boots (July 24, 2007)


Thailand veteran striker Kiatisak Senamuang has stuck to his guns and retired from football.

Kiatisak quit after Thailand were knocked out of the Asian Cup but was urged to reconsider by Tourism and Sports Minister Dr Suvit Yodmani.

However, after mulling over the situation, Kiatisak has said he will not turn out for Thailand, or at club level, any more.

''I would like to thank Dr Suvit Yodmani because he wanted me to play in the World Cup qualifying round next year,'' said the striker.

''But I have decided that it is time for me to retire to give a chance to the new generation.

''I want to retire from playing football to take time to look after my family and my business.''

Kiatisak said he dreamed of being Thailand's head coach and would start helping out with junior teams to learn the ropes.

Meanwhile, the second leg of the Thailand Premier League will kick off on September 15 and will run until November 3.

That leaves one month for preparation for the SEA Games in Nakhon Ratchasima which starts on December 6.

Remaining matches from the first leg will be played on August 22.