Thailand and Vietnam continue their runs in the AFC Asian Cup while domestic the transfer window rumbles on in Malaysia and Indonesia. Keep up to date with the latest football news from South-East Asia with Football Tribe’s Headlines of the Week:
Thailand’s interim head coach Sirisak Yodyadthai was in the stands to watch China’s 2-0 defeat to South Korea, stating that Team Dragons’ clash with the War Elephant will be a feisty game.
On China, Sirisak said: “as far as I’ve seen, I think it’s good that we get to face China because South Korea is very strong is all position with an unpredictable style of play. Yet, China won’t be easy. Therefore, we must be well prepared.”
“I believe China’s strength is their physicality and direct play which we must adapt to handle. Deep down inside I feel we can compete with them. But we’ll have to wait and see on the pitch.”
“Finally, I’d like to call for all support and love from the Thai fans. We, the staff and players will work our socks off against China and give our best as always.”
Thailand will play China on the 20th of January 2019m and the winner will then face either Iran or Oman in the quarterfinals.
Vietnam Arrive in Dubai, ready to face Jordan (Football Tribe Vietnam)
Team Vietnam prepare for a crucial match against Group B winners Jordan in the round of 16 of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. The Golden Stars secured progression into the knockout stage by virtue of having a superior disciplinary record to Lebanon, who they tied with in terms of points, goal difference and goals scored. With this turn of fortune, the side has arrived in Dubai as this youthful side faces it's toughest test yet.
Title Winning Coach Teco Joins Bali United (Bali United)
After the departure of Widodo C. Putro just two matches before 2018 season ended, the position of head coach at Bali United was vacant until the 14th January, as the club announced their new coach and eight new players at the club’s café.
Stefano Cugurra, who lead Persija Jakarta win the national trophy after a 17-year wait, was chosen by the management to fill the hole left by Widodo’s departure. Alongside him, there are four familiar faces who played for the capital side. Centre-back Gunawan Dwi Cahyo and loanee left-back Michael Orah, who had a temporary spell at Persija from Kalteng Putra, now permanently moves to Bali island. Teco is also reunited with Brazilian defender Willian Pacheco who join from Malaysian side Selangor FA, after they worked together at Persija back in 2017. Lastly, 35-year-old defender Leonard Tupahamu, who once played for Macan Kemayoran in 2002, and from 2004 until 2009, joins the club from Borneo FC.
Saddil, Herold Will Play For Pahang (Football Tribe Malaysia)
After losing out on the signing of Liridon Krasniqi, Pahang will sign two new imports who have been tested in pre-season action in Thailand recently. Indonesian Saddil Ramdani and Frenchman Herold Goulon will come in to defensively solidify this Pahang team. Team manager Datuk Mohammed Suffian Awang said the performance shown by both players was able to provide strength in the center and defense of the Pahang team. "Based on their performance shown in the preliminary (pre-season) action in Bangkok recently, we saw them able to give strength in the center of defense. However, the final decision will be announced in the near future as the Liga M will begin early next month," he said." Pahang are still in search of four new imported players after winger Mohamadou Sumareh was naturalized and registered as a local player. Additionally, the side maintained Safuwan Baharudin from Singapore.