Thailand's coach proud of his team’s efforts

Thai head coach Chanvit Polchivin is still optimistic about the future of his young national team despite their 1-0 loss to Bolton in the Premier League Asia Trophy on Saturday. El-Hadji Diouf’s goal from a spot-kick earned Bolton some silverware before the English Premier League kicks off next month.

“I’m very proud of my team because they played well against Everton and Bolton, which were fourth and sixth in the English Premier League. My team is an under-23 side and I’m satisfied with their standard of their play,” said Chanvit. “We prepared the team for nine months. When you consider that their average age is only 21, all Thais should be proud that they played so well against those professional teams,” he said, as quoted by The Nation.

Thailand will have another big game against Spanish giants Real Madrid, who are now on their Asian tour and in Japan. The match will again be at the Rajamangala Stadium on Friday.