BANGKOK (Feb 2, 2002) – Myanmar are ready to take on favourites Thailand in the AFF Under-20 final in Bangkok tomorrow.
“We are now prepared for Thailand,” said U Maung Win, the Myanmar manager.
According to him, Myanmar has had a tough road in the inaugural tournament and want to clinch the title.
“We drew in our first meeting but this time we want to finish differently,” Maung Win commented. Myanmar gave Thailand a tough time before holding the hosts to a 1-1 draw in an earlier Group A match.
However, Thailand will be a difficult team to defeat, not because they are playing on ‘home turf’ but they have talented players like Panai Kongpraphan, Ekaphan Inthasen and ‘super-sub’ Teeratep Winothai.
This encounter will be Myanmar’s relentless ‘fighting spirit’ against Thailand’s abundant ‘talent’.
“We know that Myanmar will not be a pushover and that’s why we’ll have to plan a tactical game,” said Chanvit Polchivin, the Thai coach.
He is also worried of his team’s lapse in concentration especially during the counter-attacks: “This has been a worrying factor in this tournament. We easily concede goals during such situations.”