Tawan to miss Yemen clash (November 09, 2007)



TOR CHITTINAND

Thailand will be without injured captain Tawan Sripan when they meet Yemen in a World Cup Asian qualifer in San'aa tonight. The second-round first leg kicks off at 8.15pm and will be televised live on TV Channel 11.

Thailand coach Chanvit Phalajivin said that midfielder Tawan and defender Nattaporn Phanrit were still nursing injuries and would be deputised by Jakkrit Bunkham and Nattapong Samana respectively.

This would not be a problem for Thailand as Jakkrit and Nattapong also started against Macau in the second leg of the previous round, Chanvit said.

Thailand secured a 7-1 win in Macau and a 6-1 victory at home in the preliminary round.

Teerasil Dangda and Sarayut Chaikamdee will lead Thailand's attack against Yemen.

At the other end, Thailand have to contain Yemen striker Fekri al Bhubaishi, Chanvit said.

He said he had told his men to play at a slow pace and await counter-attack opportunities with the aim to return home with at least a point.

''I'm confident that we will get a point. But if we get three points, then it would be very good news for us,'' he said.

Chanvit said his players had adapted to the cold weather and thin air in the capital of Yemen which is 2,000 metres above sea level.

Sarayut, who scored a goal against Yemen four years ago, said Thailand had improved a lot since and could beat the Middle East side again.

Yemen coach Mohsin al Harthi said although his country had an inferior record against Thailand, he had studied tapes of Thailand and felt the tie would be close.

Thailand and Yemen last met in the qualification for the 2006 World Cup when the Thais won 3-0 in San'aa and drew 1-1 in Bangkok.