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ASEAN giants to face huge obstacles in upcoming World Cup qualifier matches

ASEAN giants to face huge obstacles in upcoming World Cup qualifier matches

Big teams in ASEAN like Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia are experiencing the same difficulties in upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier matches.

The sixth round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier will officially return at the end of March. Ahead of this round, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia all have difficulty with different causes.

Specifically, Thailand will lose its main striker Teerasil Dangda in the match against Indonesia at home on March 26, as he received two yellow cards in the last qualifying round.

This is a huge loss for War Elephants, as Teerasil is undeniable the best striker not only in Thailand but also in Southeast Asia. Maybe coach Akira Nishino will use Supachai Jaided or Benjamin Davis as a replacement.

Whereas, the team of coach Park Hang Seo will not have the service of the duo in the defense: Nguyen Trong Hoang and Tran Dinh Trong due to suspension.

ASEAN giants to face huge obstacles in upcoming World Cup qualifier matches

Tran Dinh Trong received a red card in the final match of Vietnam U23 in the AFC U23 Championship 2020. On the other hand, Nguyen Trong Hoang was suspended for receiving two yellow cards in the previous matches. According to AFC rules, even if these two players play in a friendly match against Iraq, their cards will not be erased.

In addition, the AFF Suzuki Cup champion is at risk of not having the service of midfielder Nguyen Huy Hung as the player was recently diagnosed with a serious injury and must take the surgery in the near future.

Not only is Thailand and Vietnam struggle, but the AFF Suzuki Cup runner-up Malaysia is also experiencing the same situation.

Ahead of the trip to the UAE in March, coach Tan Cheng Hoe faces even more tough team news. The yellow shirt team will be missing three key footballers in the next round including central midfielder Brendan Gan, right-back Matthew Davies and forward Syafiq Ahmad. All of them must sit out due to suspension (receiving 2 yellow cards).

ASEAN giants to face huge obstacles in upcoming World Cup qualifier matches

After the first five unbeaten matches, Vietnam is at the top of Group G of the 2022 World Cup qualifying (AFC) with 11 points. Malaysia, Thailand, UAE and Indonesia are ranked in the next position. The sixth round of this group will continue on March 26 as Thailand meets Indonesia, whereas the host UAE encounters Malaysia.