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Thai FA to give Rajevac freedom in selecting players

Milovan Rajevac is scheduled to arrive in Bangkok today and will be officially unveiled as head coach of the Thai national team tomorrow.

“Thank you for this wonderful opportunity,” Rajevac said in a video clip.

“I am looking forward to working with you. Su Su Thailand.”

Rajevac will arrive with three staff members: an assistant coach, a goalkeeping coach, and a fitness coach.

The Serbian’s first assignment will be a friendly match at Uzbekistan on 7 June before a World Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates in Bangkok on 13 June.

Thailand are already eliminated from the qualification for next year’s World Cup after six losses and one draw.

FAT technical chief Witthaya Laohakul said yesterday Rajevac would be given a free hand in selecting his players.

The 63-year-old coach was in Bangkok last month and watched some Thai League T1 matches.

“He has seen some players who suit his style of play,” said Witthaya, as quoted by Bangkok Post.

“I am worried that he may not have enough time to adapt to the job here. He needs time to correct our weaknesses and make the players understand his tactics,” he added.