Thais happy with City trip (January 28, 2008)


Thailand's national team returned to Bangkok yesterday after more than two weeks of training in Manchester. The trip formed part of the preparation for a crucial World Cup qualifying match against Japan on February 6.

Coach Chanvit Phalajivin said the experience had been very useful.

''The players have got used to the cold weather which will be similar to what they will face in Japan,'' he said.

''They have also learned new techniques and tactics and their fitness is much better than before.''

Foreign-based players including Datsakorn Thonglao, Sutee Suksomkit and Nirut Surasiang will now join the squad for training.

In form striker Sarayuth Chaikamdee said the trip to Manchester .was a positive one.

''I got used to playing in cold weather and against tall defenders,'' he said.

Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra paid for the trip.

Thailand will be training in Bangkok until Friday and will leave for Japan the next day.