Schaefer could be on his way out (02/03/2012)
Winfried Schaefer may quit as coach of Thailand after the kingdom were eliminated in the 2014 World Cup qualifying.
Needing a win to stand any chance of advancing to the final stage of Asia's qualifying, Thailand lost 2-0 at Oman on Wednesday in their last Group D game.
The veteran German coach was so upset after the match that he criticised the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) for its poor management and lack of professionalism.
Only five players were at the training camp on the first few days of Thailand's preparations for the Oman match and four players missed the initial flight to the Middle East because they forgot to bring their passports.
Schaefer only knew before the match that he could not use Sompop Nilwong because the FAT did not register him for the World Cup qualifying with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
The team returned home yesterday and Schaefer said he was considering if he would resign as Thailand's national team coach.
"At the moment I can't say if I will see out the contract. We were eliminated although we had a chance to progress to the next qualifying round. We went out because we had not been well prepared," said Schaefer whose reign in Thailand began last year.
He said he had received offers from Middle East teams and that he needed four or five days to consider if he would take one of the offers.
FAT president Worawi Makudi said he would not sack Schaefer because he had done a good job.
Kone is 'clean'
Thai Premier League side SCG Muang Thong United insisted yesterday that their striker Kone Mohamed of Ivory Coast did not use drugs.
Mohamed was arrested along with several other people when police raided a bar on Soi Nana on Wednesday night. Police said a test round trace of narcotics in Mohamed's urine.
Muang Thong director Ronnarit Suewaja took Mohamed to a hospital yesterday for another test. He claimed the second test found no trace of drugs.
"We can assure you that our players are not involved in drugs. The test at the hospital proves Kone did not use drugs. There might be a misunderstanding," Ronnarit said.
Mohamed said he was in the area to have his hair cut and had dinner as usual.