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Thailand has no plan to use over-U22-age footballers at the SEA Games 30th

Thailand has no plan to use over-U22-age footballers at the SEA Games 30th

Coach Akira Nishino decided that Thailand U22 will not use any over-U22-age player at the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines, thereby giving great opportunities to opponents.

Men's football at SEA Games 30 allows each U22 team to add 2 players who are over 22 years old to the squad list. Each team will have 18 players under the age of U22 and two seniors older. This addition is considered a valuable resource for teams on the journey to conquer the SEA Games gold medal.

However, not every coach needs that. Sharing with SMM Sport, Thai national and U23 coach Akira Nishino confirmed: “SEA Games allow teams to use two players who are too old. However, I think this is a good opportunity to improve the capacity of the U23 generation before the U23 AFC championship next year. Therefore, I plan not to use players who are too old".

Thailand is the champion team of the last three SEA Games men's football. From the era of Kiatisak Senamuang, this title is no longer important to them. With his level, coach Nishino is not too concerned about this tournament. He wants to put more strength into the World Cup qualifiers and especially the 2020 U23 AFC championship, the tournament that Thailand is the host.

Thailand's refusal to "support right" will bring advantages to rivals including Vietnam U22. Although Coach Park Hang Seo has not officially spoken about this, but Vietnam U22 will almost certainly add over-U22-age personnel. Names like Nguyen Cong Phuong, Nguyen Anh Duc or Do Hung Dung will certainly bring new strength to the U22 squad.

The goal of U22 Vietnam at the next SEA Games is to win a gold medal. This is an arena in Southeast Asia that Vietnamese football has not won.