Concerns mount over Palestine's attendance (November 18, 2006)


Thailand is making arrangements in case Palestine pull out of its Asian Games clash on November 28.

Palestine withdrew from its AFC Asian Cup qualifying match against Singapore on Wednesday due to the heightened political tensions in Gaza.

The kingdom is concerned Palestine may not travel, meaning Group C will contain Thailand, Yemen and Kuwait.

Thailand will leave for Doha on Wednesday with 20 players and nine officials.

The FAT are also formulating a blueprint for success after the competition in the Middle East.

The King's Cup football tournament will begin on December 24 at Supachalasai stadium with a match against Vietnam (6.30pm) followed by a match against Singapore on December 26 (7pm) then a clash with Kazakhstan on December 30 (6.30pm).

Preparations are also continuing for the Asean Football Championship (formerly the Tiger Cup) and the AFC Asian Cup 2007, which Thailand will co-host with Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Virach Chanpanich will remain as team manager despite threatening to quit after the FAT disbanded his original list of 28 players