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Thai football team arrive in Hanoi seeking SEA Games gold

By Lam Thoa    May 4, 2022 | 02:30 am PT
Coach Mano Polking and his team touched down in Hanoi on Wednesday for 2021 Southeast Asian Games.
Coach Polking at Noi Bai International Airport on May 4, 2022.  After Thailand was crowned champion at the AFF Cup 2020, the football championship of nations affiliated to the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asians) Football Federation, Polking was tasked with leading Thailand to earn gold at the 31st edition of the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), a biennial regional multi-sport event which will be held in Hanoi this month.

Coach Polking at Noi Bai International Airport on May 4, 2022. After Thailand were crowned champion at AFF Cup 2020, the football championship of nations affiliated to ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asians) Football Federation, Polking was tasked with leading Thailand to earn gold at the 31st edition of Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), a biennial regional multi-sport event to be held in Hanoi this month.
Vietnam won the gold medal at the previous edition after beating Indonesia in the final.

Football at the SEA Games 31 features ten teams and is scheduled to kick off on May 6, 2022, with most players aged under 23 and only three over the stipulated age are allowed.  Goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan is one of three players that are over 23.

Football at SEA Games 31 features 10 teams and is scheduled to kick off on May 6, 2022, with most players aged under 23 and with only three over the stipulated age are allowed in each team. Goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan is one of Thailand's three players over 23.

Midfielder Benjamin Davis. He is now playing for Oxford United Football Club. Besides Davis, Thailand has two other members that are playing in Europe, Jonathan Khemdee and Chayapipat Suphanphat.

Midfielder Benjamin Davis. He is now playing for Oxford United Football Club. Besides Davis, Thailand has two other members playing in Europe, Jonathan Khemdee and Chayapipat Suphanphat.

Midfielder Worachit, 25, is considered one of Thailand’s outstanding players. He is now a player at BG Pathum United, a Thai professional football club based in Pathum Thani Province, and is managed by BG Sports Company Limited which is a subsidiary of Bangkok Glass Public Company Limited.

Midfielder Worachit, 25, is considered one of Thailand’s outstanding players. He is now playing for BG Pathum United, a professional Thai football club based in Pathum Thani Province, and is managed by BG Sports Company Limited, a subsidiary of Bangkok Glass Public Company Limited.

Only 16 players and 11 coaching staff have arrived in Vietnam. The remaining four players are expected to arrive Thursday and Friday.

Only 16 players and 11 coaching staff touched down in Vietnam. The remaining four players are expected to arrive Thursday and Friday.

After arriving in Hanoi, the Thai team moved to Nam Dinh Province, one and a half hour south of Hanoi, where matches of the Group B will be held.

After arriving in Hanoi, the Thai team moved to Nam Dinh Province, one and a half hours south of Hanoi, where group B matches will be held.

Thailand will play against Malaysia on Saturday.

Thailand will play against Malaysia on Saturday.

 
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