Thailand U16 qualified at early stage

Thailand U16

U16 coach Leones dos Santos
Thananuwat Srirasant

Not loosing any of their game so far, Thailand under 16 qualified at early stage for the AFC U16 Championship in 2012. A 4-1 victory over Indonesia secured the proper tournament birth.

There is still one game day to play in Group G, but Thailand under 16 already booked their ticket for next years AFC Championship. In the fourth match of the group stage Indonesia could be beat by 4-1. Despite the defeat Indonesia still have a chance to qualify when they face Australia on the very last day. Both sides have 9 points on account. However, it took about one hour until the match between Thailand and Indonesia started to get pace. Two goals within five minutes (57' and 62') by striker Sittichok Kannoo gave Thailand the lead. Indonesia fought back and scored from the sport just a few minutes later to narrow the gap.

For most of the second half the game was on the edge and with five minutes reaming till injury time, Thailand scored for the third time of the night with the final goal come in the 88' minute. In the meaningless last game Thailand U-16 is going to face Hong Kong.

Thailand so far didn't lost any of their matches in Group G. Against highly favourite Australia, Thailand was able to overcome them in the opening match, followed by an 11-0 win over Guam. As well as Indonesia, Myanmar was beatin' 4-1. The most successful striker for Thailand was Sittichok Kannoo, who in total scored eight times. 5 of his goals came from the game against Guam.

For the first time since 2004 Thailand qualified for the biennial AFC Asian Championship tournament which the U-16 managed to win just one time, in 1998.
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