Schaefer wants Singapore for World Cup warm-up (05/08/2011)



Thailand coach Winfried Schaefer wants a warm-up match against Singapore in the national team's run-up to next month's World Cup qualifying matches.

Earlier reports said the German coach wanted his men to get a warm-up game against an opponent with tall players while Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi said he would contact Uzbekistan.

But at yesterday's meeting of the National Team Committee, Schaefer said he wanted a warm-up match against Singapore who have several European-born players.

Thailand travel to Australia on Sept 2 and host Oman on Sept 6 in the first two games of Group D in Asia's third qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup. The Thais will be at home against Saudi Arabia, the other side in the group, in October.

The top two teams from each of the five groups advance to the continent's final qualifying stage.

Schaefer said the match against Singapore should be held on either Aug 26 or 27.

He urged the FAT to postpone some Thai Premier League matches before a World Cup qualifier and the FAT heeded his call.

Schaefer reiterated that Thailand should not be afraid of any sides in the group although they are strong.

Worawi said Schaefer or his assistant will go to watch Australia's friendly match against Wales in Cardiff on Aug 10.

Because of the World Cup qualifiers, the 2011 TPL season, which began in March, will end in January.

The TPL schedule could become even more chaotic because of the SEA Games which will take place later this year in Indonesia.

Worawi said he would consult SEA Games team manager Kasem Jariyawatwong whether TPL matches should be postponed during the event.

The SEA Games football tournament is a U23 competition but several clubs have players in the squad such as Muang Thong United duo Kawin Thamasatchanan and Teerasil Dangda and Teerathorn Boonmathan of Buriram PEA .

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