WE HAVE TO BEAT JORDAN: ROBSON (23 December 2009)
BANGKOK (22 Dec 2009) – Thailand head coach Bryan Robson realized the precarious position they are in and the need to beat Jordan in their next 2011 Asian Cup qualifying match to put back their campaign on track.
The Thais were one for one – a win and a loss against Singapore last month – and are third in Group E with five points.
Iran are leading the group with seven points, Singapore on second with six points and Jordan anchoring the bottom with four points.
"We know that we must beat Jordan to get a good chance to qualify for the finals. It is a very important game," said Robson.
The Thai team is currently in training in Bangkok preparing for the match against Jordan at the Rajamangala National Stadium on 6 January 2010.
Thailand’s final group match will be against Iran in March, where from the two matches they will be hoping to pick up four points so as to grab the one of the two available slots from the group to advance to the finals.
In the meantime, following Thailand's first-round exit at the SEA Games last week, the FA of Thailand (FAT) have assigned former national coach Chatchai Paholpat and ex-Thailand international striker Kiatisak Senamuang to assist Robson in the two Asian Cup qualifiers.