Thailand WNT striker Taneekarn Dangda: My brother Teerasil teaches me to play football like a tiger

Thailand qualify for second successive Women’s World Cup following the 3-1 victory over the Philippines in their third match in Group A at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup on Thursday.

After a big 4-0 loss to China to start their campaign, Thailand bounced back with 6-1 and 3-1 wins over Jordan and the Phillippines.

In the Philippines match, Kanjana Sung-Ngoen owned a brace in the 28th and 53rd minute. Silawan Intamee then made it 3-0 to give the Thais the insurance they needed.

After sealing a spot in the semifinals, striker Taneekarn Dangda revealed her secret behind her on-form performance at the Jordan tournament. Taneekarn, who scored a goal in the 6-1 win over Jordan, said that being the younger sister of Thailand’s most famous footballer Teerasil Dangda was her inspiration.

“I asked my brother Teerasil about what I should do when I play football. He said I should play like a tiger hunting a goal in the box,” the younger Dangda said.

Taneekarn is playing for the Östersunds DFF outfit in Sweden. She has scored 9 goals in 16 appearances for Thailand women national team.