Thailand hope to reach last eight in world futsal final


FAT President Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang, fourth back row left, poses with the players and officials of the national futsal team.

The 16-member Thai national team leaves for Lithuania tonight to compete in the FIFA Futsal World Cup finals, hoping to advance to at least the quarter-finals for the first time in the season. tournament.

The finals kick off on Sunday with the title game scheduled for October 3.

Officials and team players yesterday called Thai Football Association (FAT) President Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang yesterday, who wished them “good luck” for the tournament.

“These are difficult times because of the Covid-19 pandemic so follow the instructions of the team doctor,” Somyot advised the players. “It’s the biggest futsal tournament in the world so I hope you do your best.”

Thailand was placed in Group C along with Portugal, Morocco and the Solomon Islands.

FAT Vice President Adisak Benjasiriwanm, who is in charge of futsal, said: “This is a special occasion for us as we are being coached for the first time by a Thai, Rakpol Sainetngram. We want to show the world that our coaches are as good as anyone in the world.

“We reached the last 16 in 2012 and 2016. Although our goal is to qualify for the quarter-finals or semi-finals this year, it will not be easy for us to pass the first round as our three opponents from group are regional champions. “

Thailand face Portugal on Monday, face Morocco three days later before meeting Solomon Islands on September 19. All three matches will be broadcast live by PPTV HD36.

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