Thailand U-23 coach Zoran Jankovic stays optimistic ahead of AFC U-23 Championship

Thailand U-23 coach Zoran Jankovic has been optimistic about the chance of his side ahead of the challenging AFC U-23 Championship in China next month.

“These players are a good generation and we hope to show the best we can,” Jankovic told

“We’ll try to fight. This team won at the SEA Games in Malaysia in August, but this is different.

“If you compare the teams in Asia, it’s different. It’s a different style, the players have different bodies. Everything is different.

“That’s one part of this, but we have the best players here. They need to go up: it’s like playing on a PlayStation, they need to go up to the next level. They must go up.

“This is the future of Thailand. For me, now, we have a very big group of players who can be a big part of the future for the country.”

In next month’s continental U-23 competition, Thailand have been drawn in a difficult group, with games against Japan, DPR Korea, and Palestine.

However, Jankovic and his side were only standing in the fourth position of six-team M-150 Championship, which was set to be the final test for the former Bulgaria international striker.