Thailand likely to name unchanged squad for second leg against Turkmenistan tomorrow (February 13, 2007)


TeerathepThailand are expected to name an unchanged squad for the second leg of the pre-Olympic qualifying round match against Turkmenistan at Supachalasai stadium tomorrow.

In the first leg in Ashgabat last week Thailand won 1-0 thanks to a goal by Chakrit Buathong.

Both Chakrit and key striker Teerathep Winothai will be hoping to add to Thailand's tally in tomorrow night's game.

"We are lucky that none of our players have any injuries so I think we will start with the same squad," said coach Prapol Pongpanich

He said he was confident Thailand would win tomorrow night and advance to the next round but he would not underestimate their opponents.

"Turkmenistan will be going all out for a win so we must be careful." he said.

"We will play our usual attacking game but we must watch out for their counter-attacks."

Turkmenistan's coach, Rovshan Muhadov said his team had a bad result in the first leg and were determined to do better in Bangkok.

"I think we can beat Thailand if we play our best football," he said. "We are not too worried about the hot weather. We have been here three days and the players are adjusting okay."

The match, which kicks off at 7pm, will be shown live on Channel 7. Tickets are on sale at the stadium on match day from 4pm at 50 baht and 100 baht.