Trio agree to join Cupshowdown (November 23, 2007)

Singapore, Iraq and North Korea have confirmed their participation in the 38th King's Cup football tournament in Bangkok next month.

The tournament will be held at Supachalasai stadium from Dec 23-30.

President of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), Worawi Makudi said he was pleased Singapore would be competing.

" It is good to have Singapore play in the King's Cup because they are one of the two Asean nations to reach the last 20 teams in the World Cup qualifiers and they also won the Asean championships title here earlier in the year."

He said the other two teams would also prove tough opponents. "Iraq are Asian champions while North Korea beat us in the World Cup qualifiers four years ago."

Meanwhile theThai SEA Games team will leave for Nakhon Ratchasima today.

Coach Thongsuk Sumpahangsit said it was important for the team to train together before the tournament. "We are aiming for the gold medal," he said.

Defending champions, Thailand have been drawn in Group A along with Burma, Indonesia and Cambodia and will open their defence against Burma on Dec 2