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Former national team head coach Kiatisuk not impressed with Rajevac selections

Former Thai national team head coach Kiatisuk Senamuang has claimed that there are no changes in the players called up by his successor Milovan Rajevac for a five-day training camp.

Thailand are in the process of selecting a 23-member for the squad to face Uzbekistan in a friendly on 6 June and a World Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates in Bangkok a week later.

“There is not much difference between my teams and the 35 candidates called up by Rajevac,” Kiatisauk said after being appointed as the new ‘Friends of Unicef’ ambassador on Wednesday.

“Every coach has different ideas. I didn’t pick Teerathep Winothai because I focused on players aged 20-22 to build a strong foundation for the future.”

Kiatisuk, however, praised Rajevac as a very dedicated and experienced coach.

The former striker, who left his post with the national team in February, said he would continue playing his part in developing the Thai youth.

“I have been contacted by many teams in Malaysia and Indonesia but I don’t want to go. I just want the Thai national teams to qualify to play in the World Cup finals, especially the U-17 and U-19 sides. However, I can’t say anything about the future.”