Thais meet China next Thursday (August 03, 2006)



Former Everton player Li Tie and Manchester City's Sun Jihai will be in the China squad which faces Thailand in a friendly on August 10 in Qin Huangdao. The match is part of Thailand's preparations for the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar in December.


Two other foreign-based Chinese players in the squad are Shao Jiayi who is with Energie Cottbus in Germany and Dong Fangzhuo who scored a goal for Manchester United during the pre-season tour in South Africa. Dong is currently on loan to Royal Antwerp in Belgium.


Thailand head coach Charnwit Phalajivin said he was looking forward to the match. ''The result is not important. What we want is our players to gain good experience for the Asian Games.''