Thailand eye all three points (14/01/2009 )



By: TOR CHITTINAND

Thailand coach Peter Reid is looking for a winning start to their Asian Cup campaign today when the national side faces Jordan in Amman in their opening match of the qualifying round.The Group E encounter will kick off 10pm Thai time. The match will be shown live on TrueSport 1 (TrueVisions 59).


Reid said at a press conference yesterday the team were in good spirits and are capable of beating Jordan on their home turf.

"We have been training together for a few months, although we were disappointed that we failed to win the Suzuki Cup last year," said the English coach.

"We are moving forward and the first match in the Asian Cup qualifying round is very important for us. I do hope that the Thai national team will beat Jordan."

Thailand are almost at full strength with Reid welcoming back captain Datsakorn Thonglao and striker Anon Sangsanoi from injury.

Niweat Siriwong and Rangsan Vivatchaichoke are nursing injuries but Reid said that should not be a problem.

Thailand are without striker Teerathep "Leesaw" Winothai who is playing in Belgium's second division, and Reid will use Teerasil Dangda as a lone striker.

"We will use a 4-5-1 formation," Reid said.

"We want to play safe but will also try to attack. We aim for three points."

Jordan coach Nelo Vingada said that his side failed to reach the previous Asian Cup finals and did well in the 2010 World Cup qualifying round.

"We have been improving and we aim to qualify for the Asian Cup finals," said the Portuguese coach.

"The first match at home is very important for our team. We have to beat Thailand at home."

The other two teams in Group E are Iran and Singapore with two teams advancing to the 2011 finals in Qatar.

PROBABLE THAILAND LINE-UP

Goalkeeper: Kosin Hathairattanakool

Defenders: Suree Sukha, Nataporn Phanrit, Chonlatit Jantakam and Natthaphong Samana

Midfielders: Surat Sukha, Datskorn Thonglao, Suchao Nutnum, Sutee Suksomkit and Phichitphong Cheuichiu

Striker: Teerasil Dangda