Thailand U-22 head coach Worrawoot Srimakha has targeted three points from Cambodia in the third group stage match against Cambodia on Sunday.
Worrawoot’s team had a dismal performance at this year’s SEA Games as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Indonesia and could only beat minnows Timor Leste 1-0 in their first two games in Group B.
Therefore, the Cambodia game will be the crucial for the defending champions to make it to the semi-final. Fortunately, the Young War Elephants will have captain Chenrop Samphaodi, who came from the substitution in the two previous matches, back in the starting line-up.
As reported by Bangkok Post, the squad spent two hours at the training field, focusing mainly on eliminating their key shortcomings: defending while being counter-attacked and converting scoring opportunities into goals.
“We are looking forward to picking up three points from the game against Cambodia,” Worrawoot said.
“We only have one player, Nopphol Pholkam, who is suffering from a sprained muscle but it’s not a big worry.
“Today we focused on scoring goals and also on ways to tackle counter-attacks for the game with Cambodia.
“The Cambodians have lost their first two matches, but we cannot underestimate them at all because every team that plays Thailand does so to upset the defending champions.”