The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

Score goals, Nishino tells Thais

Score goals, Nishino tells Thais

FOOTBALL: Thailand and their new coach Akira Nishino go into their Tuesday night's (September 10) 2022 World Cup Asian Zone Group G qualifier against Indonesia knowing fully well that they desperately need three points from the game for many reasons.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 10 September 2019, 10:20AM

Thailand coach Akira Nishino instructs his players during a training session ahead of tonight's second Group G match against Indonesia in Jakarta. Photo: Bangkok Post

Thailand coach Akira Nishino instructs his players during a training session ahead of tonight's second Group G match against Indonesia in Jakarta. Photo: Bangkok Post

Indonesia are also eager to win the match at the 80,000-seat Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, which will be televised live by Thai Rath TV (32) starting at 7.30pm.

The War Elephants were held to a goalless home draw by Southeast Asian rivals Vietnam in their first group game on Thursday (September 5) when the Garudas suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Malaysia.

In the other Group G match, Malaysia host the United Arab Emirates, the seeded side in the pool.

Thailand need a win not only to put their campaign for a berth at Qatar 2022 back on track, but also to regain the faith of their fans.

Nishino, who has faced criticism for going into the Vietnam game without a specialist striker, said on Monday (September 9) his men need to score goals tonight.

"After the match with Vietnam, we have had time to prepare the team and I can say that we are getting better," said the veteran coach, who took Japan to the last 16 stage of the 2018 World Cup.

"Although we have lost two key players to injuries, the mood of the team is very positive.

"To win this match, first of all, we need to score goals against Indonesia.

Diamond Resort Phuket

"We must focus on creating as many chances as possible and also grant every player the right to have a shot at the goal.

"We also must to try to penetrate into the offensive zone more often than we did against Vietnam on Thursday."

Indonesia coach Simon McMenemy is banking on exploiting the uncertainty that has gripped the Thai side in the wake of changes implemented by Nishino to their playing style.

"To beat Thailand is not easy at all but I believe that my team have a chance because the Thais still seem to be pretty unsettled in the way they are playing," said McMenemy.

"Such things happen when a new coach takes over and Nishino has not been with the Thai team long enough. This is their weak point at the moment and we hope to take advantage of it.

"We have two Indonesian players in Thai League 1 and they have given us some valuable tips.

"We have also studied the tapes of the match between Thailand and Vietnam and have a pretty good idea of their new style."

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.


Be the first to comment.


Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Video shows cameras being removed from shootout gambling den

Oh yeah..."The commissioner said if police had solid evidence that the place operated as a casi...(Read More)

Four Points by Sheraton opens 600-room resort in Patong

Agreed. Horrible timing for such a huge and massive resort to show up on the market. Smaller guestho...(Read More)

More stranded Russians fly home from Phuket

Suvarnabhumi's website reports quite a lot of actual international arrivals and departures, incl...(Read More)

‘Safe and Sealed’ brings hope for tourism revival

another dose of wishful thinking, who on earth would pay twice the price to be herded to third rate ...(Read More)

Dual prices on agenda

SEC2, a electric- and water bill not show or you are Thai or Foreigner. It even can be a bill from ...(Read More)

Search resumes for missing people from sunken ferry

Where is the 3rd lorry, with another 45 tons of garbage blocks ? Were the lorries not secured to th...(Read More)

Patong workers file complaint over unpaid salary, no social security payments

How is this unacceptable employers behaviour possible on Phuket? A shameful situation. Phuket Provin...(Read More)

Dual prices on agenda

When you see the photo., it is plain thick skin racism/discriminatory/ anti foreign tourist. Time fo...(Read More)

Investigation into capsized ferry as 1 confirmed dead, 4 still missing

@BigA, a tanker ship with all tanks secured/closed, has always reserve buoyancy, no matter how littl...(Read More)

More stranded Russians fly home from Phuket

CaptainJack69, normal foreigners still not allowed to fly in. These repatriation flights are probab...(Read More)