Thailand set to face Yemen (October 30, 2007)



TOR CHITTINAND


Thailand head coach Chanvit Phalajivin is worried about the hot Middle Eastern climate after Thailand were drawn to meet Yemen in the second round of the Asian zone 2010 World Cup qualifiers.


The Thai national team will play their first match away in Sana'a, Yemen on November 9 and will play the second leg at Supachalasai stadium, Bangkok on November 18.


Chanvit said he thought Thailand were capable of beating Yemen on the pitch but that he was concerned about other factors.


''I am troubled by the hot weather in the region and also the time difference,'' he said.


''Also the food and the environment is completely different and this is something to consider.''


Chanvit said he was hoping for a draw in Yemen before going for victory on home soil.


Although Thailand have been officially drawn to face Yemen that may change because of a postponed game between Lebanon and India that takes place today.


If Lebanon lose then the seedings will change and Thailand will play against Hong Kong.Lebanon won the first leg 4-1.


Thailand and Yemen last met during qualifying for the 2006 World Cup and Thailand beat Yemen 3-0 in Sana'a, Yemen in the first leg and drew 1-1 in Bangkok.


Thailand made it through to the second round this time by hammering Macau 13-2 on aggregate.


They won the two games 7-1 and 6-1.