Thailand U23, with the core of the U22 squad that just failed miserably against U22 Indonesia in the final of the 32nd SEA Games, will host Group H of the 2024 Asian U23 qualifier.
The opponents of Thailand U23 are two teams in the region U23 Malaysia, U23 Philippines, and U23 Bangladesh.
Issara Sritaro, who received much criticism after missing the 32nd SEA Games gold medal, was quite satisfied with the draw results.
“The results of the draw are considered satisfactory,” said Mr. Issara. “We need to be at the top of the table to secure a place in the finals.”
The qualifying matches will take place in September, scheduled for 3 days each (during September 4-12; Group H has not yet been scheduled).
The 43-year-old coach said: “The team will not be affected much in terms of fitness, because we have a reasonable break between matches.”
The 2024 Asian U23 qualifier will be played in the FIFA calendar, helping Thailand U23 to summon the best players.
“The schedule coincides with FIFA Day, we have about a week to prepare,” coach Issara continued. “Thailand U23 almost has all the best players”.
The AFC U23 Championship will take place in the spring of 2024. Until then, U23 Thailand and the teams in the region still have the ASEAN U23 competition – the tournament in which U23 Vietnam is the defending champion (no specific schedule is currently available). .
Not only aiming to win tickets to Qatar 2024, Thailand U23 also dreams of attending the Summer Olympics in Paris, France.
The top 3 teams of the 2024 Asian U23 will win tickets to the 2024 Olympics. The 4th place team on the continent must compete in the play-off round with the African football representative.
After the failed lesson of the 32nd SEA Games final, coach Issara Sritaro sent a message to Thai players to be able to compete for Olympic tickets.
“Of course, the past tournaments have taught us lessons, in which it is important to further improve emotional control,” Mr. Issara said.
“We must always be reminded to deal with pressure, we need to try to be strict in this regard. Everyone has an obligation to work hard to achieve the goal of reaching the finals, to be ready for the 2024 Olympics.”
Ngoc Huy | 13:18 May 26, 2023