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'Thailand U22 will be eliminated from the SEA Games group stage'

'Thailand U22 will be eliminated from the SEA Games group stage'

British expert Paul Murphy said that the SEA Games 30th is just an experimental tournament by coach Akira Nishino in order to compete at the 2020 AFC U23 championship.

Recently, writer Paul Murphy of Thai Footie said that with Supachok Sarachat, Suphanat Mueanta or Supachai Jaided, U22 Thailand is the team that owns the most powerful attack in men's football in SEA Games 30th.

"By the experience of playing the AFC Champions League in the Buriram United shirt of the aforementioned trio, Thailand owns the most rated attack in the tournament. It is their responsibility to prove this to be true he said.

"The previous two coaches (Alexandre Gama and Sirisak Yordyadthai) were unsuccessful when holding the team and made Thailand U23 experience bad results. However, things have changed since Akira Nishino arrived, finally the whole team played properly", this pen said.

However, the goal of coach Nishino and his players are not the gold medal of SEA Games 30th. Speaking before coming to the Philippines, it was the Japanese strategist who acknowledged helping the players return to their freshness is his greatest priority.

"The schedule, the pitch and the tiredness of the players after the season are the challenges that coach Nishino must overcome. Thailand is always under pressure to perform in tournaments, and the head coach can reconsider seriously, I believe coach Nishino still sees SEA Games as a test to prepare for 2020 AFC U23 championship", Paul said.

Therefore, this pen said it would not be surprising if Thailand could not reach the semi-finals in the tournament with the presence of Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore in Group B.

"The psychology of having to play their best at the 2020 AFC U23 championship makes the Thai player's motivation significantly affected. Therefore, it will not be surprising if Thailand is eliminated from the group stage at SEA Games 30th", this pen insists.

Besides, the absence of Ekanit Panya and not using any over-age player makes Paul not overestimating Thailand's ability to win the gold medal. He said that Vietnam U22 is the number one candidate for the gold medal in SEA Games 30 men's football.

Thailand U22 will be eliminated from the SEA Games group stage

"Despite the outstanding progress of the players after the 0-4 defeat at My Dinh, Thailand is still inferior to Vietnam. At the age of U22, Vietnam still shows a little better and will be the number one candidate for the championship", he praised the Vietnamese U22 team.

On November 25th, Vietnam U22 team had a favorable debut at SEA Games 30th with a 6-0 victory over Brunei U22. On the afternoon of November 26th, Thailand U22 began the campaign with a confrontation against a difficult opponent, U22 Indonesia, and lose 0-2.