A few hours ago, the media page of the Japan Football Federation (JFA) officially announced the organization of a friendly match with Thailand on New Year’s Day January 1, 2024.
According to the Thai Football Federation, the above match is part of the preparation process for the 2023 Asian Cup, taking place from mid-January to early February next year.
The Thai team has recently had many quality matches with more highly rated teams. At FIFA Days in October, the representative of the Golden Temple country lost 0-8 when facing Georgia before drawing 1-1 with Estonia.
Speaking to the media about the match with the Japanese team, coach Mano Polking (Alexandre Polking) was excited.
“Thank you to the Thai Football Federation for coordinating with the Japan Football Federation to organize the friendly match between the two teams,” said the coach with dual Brazilian-German nationality.
“Of course, the Japanese team is very strong. They are the top team in the world. That is a challenge for us before entering the important tournament in the Asian Cup.”
The Japanese team is ranked 19th in the world. The match against Thailand will take place at the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan on January 1, 2024.
It is known that Japan is in Group D with Vietnam, Indonesia, and Iraq at the 2023 Asian Cup. It is possible that the friendly match with Thailand is intended to prepare for Southeast Asian opponents such as Vietnam and Indonesia in the group stage. upcoming.
Nam Thanh | 20:13 October 19, 2023