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RED ALERT: Thai women football in decline following consecutive failed campaigns

RED ALERT: Thai women football in decline following consecutive failed campaigns

Getting the 3rd heavy defeat in a row in Group B of 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Thai girls had to say goodbye to the tournament with poor performances.

In the debut match of Group B, the Thai women's team unexpectedly lost 1-0 to Chinese Taipei. After that, the Golden Temple team lost by the score of 1-6 and 0-6 respectively against China and host Australia in the remaining two matchdays.

With the shameful record of losing all games and finishing bottom of the group, Thailand could not participate in the play-off round, something that the neighbor Vietnam excellently achieved from the first round of Group A after the narrowly win 1-0 against the Myanmar women's team.

RED ALERT: Thai women football in decline following consecutive failed campaigns

Perhaps Thailand has a disadvantage when it falls into the tough group with the appearance of two "big sisters" in Asian football, including Australia and China, whereas Vietnam got benefits thanks to the withdrawal of the DPR Korea team, so Group A had only 3 teams left.

But comparing the way coach Mai Duc Chung and his team performed and lost 0-3 to South Korea in the last round with 3 consecutive losses of Thai team, it shows the style and class and the will to play between two big teams in Southeast Asia.

RED ALERT: Thai women football in decline following consecutive failed campaigns

Getting well-invested and received much attention from the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), the girls of the Golden Temple have set a target of competing for a high position in the third qualifying round, reaching the play-off round and competing for the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.

However, their final result is ending at the bottom of the table after 3 matches. From the 30th SEA Games final in the Philippines, the defeat against the Australian women's team is the fourth matches in a row they have lost and that is a warning for Thai football.

Thai girls participated in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 thanks to being in the easy group in qualifying round. Nevertheless, after recent consecutive defeats, including two losses to Vietnam in the AFF Cup final and the SEA Games final in 2019, Asian fans will see the true strength of the team nicknamed "War Elephants".