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Scared of coronavirus, Panama cancels the match with Thailand

Scared of coronavirus, Panama cancels the match with Thailand

Instead of moving to Thailand to play a friendly match at the end of March, Panama chose to cancel that plan.

Initially, Panama accepted Thailand's offer to play an exhibition match in Songkhla on 30 March, coming after the match between War Elephants and Indonesia in the second preliminary round of the World Cup qualification.

In terms of the Thailand team, coach Nishino Akira believed that it was a good chance for his players to improve their performance to take the leading place of Group G from Vietnam.

By doing that, the will advance to the final preliminary round of the 2022 World Cup qualification. However, that plan collapsed when Panama decided to cancel the match after considering the risk of the infection of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Iraq team also thought about canceling the friendly match with Vietnam because of the same reason. In theory, it will affect the plan of both Southeast Asian teams, because they can find a possible rival to arrange another exhibition match.

At the moment, Vietnam is leading Group G of the second preliminary round of the World Cup qualification with 11 points, 3-point higher than that of Thailand, which is standing in third place.

However, in both matches between two teams, Vietnam could not find any chance to win Thailand, which made them unable to fortify the first place.