Thailand to play warm-up match against Australia ahead of the AFC U-23 Championship

Thailand U-23 will play a warm-up match against Australia U-23 ahead of the AFC U-23 Championship in China next month.

The match has been scheduled to take place at Qiantan Park Sports Centre, Shanghai, on 6 January.

Before departing to China, coach Zoran Jankovic and his side will prepare for the continental competition with two matches against Thai League 1 sides Chonburi and Pattaya United before leaving for China on 3 January.

“The game against Australia U23 team will be the last test for the team before the tournament and it will benefit our players a lot because they are strong and have great fitness,” Jankovic said, as quoted by the Bangkok Post.

“It’s important that we play a warm-up against a team similar to our opponents in Group B.

“The players would also need to adapt to the weather in China, which is far more colder than Thailand.”

Thailand U-23 will kick off their Group B campaign against North Korea on 10 January, followed by the match against Japan on Jan 13 and Palestine three days later.