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Bruised Thais off to UAE with high hopes

FOOTBALL: Thailand coach Kiatisak Senamuang is trying to instil a new belief in his men as they attempt to resurrect their hopes in Group B of the final Asian phase of qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.

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Tuesday 27 September 2016, 11:59AM


Thailand coach Kiatisak Senamuang (centre) talks to his players yesterday (Sept 26). Photo: Apichart Jinakul
Thailand coach Kiatisak Senamuang (centre) talks to his players yesterday (Sept 26). Photo: Apichart Jinakul

The team left for Abu Dhabi yesterday (Sept 26) to play the United Arab Emirates on Oct 6 before facing Iraq in Tehran on Oct 11.

Thailand have been left in a tight corner after losing their first Group B match 1-0 to Saudi Arabia in Riyadh before suffering a 2-0 defeat to Japan in Bangkok.

Australia and Saudi Arabia have six points each, three ahead of the UAE and Japan. Thailand and Iraq are still looking for their first point.

The top two teams of each of the two groups earn tickets to Russia 2018. The two third-placed teams meet each other with the winners taking on a Concacaf side for another berth.

Kiatisak is hoping to make amends by claiming four points from the two games next month.

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He is expecting a draw against the UAE and a victory over Iraq, who drew 2-2 with Thailand both in Bangkok and Tehran in the previous round.

Kiatisak said, “It is always difficult to play away from home but the players should think positive. I have told my players not to get frustrated by what could be biased officiating and should rather concentrate on their own game.

“We are not far behind the Middle East teams but we need to apply ourselves on the field.” Kiatisak added that there may be a warm-up game before the UAE match, but nothing can be confirmed at this stage.

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