Thailand women’s national football team will meet Philippine rival in a crucial match tomorrow night (April 12) in Jordan to earn a ticket to the semi-final of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The team manager, Mrs Nualphan Lamsam, said today (April 11) that she was confident that her team would triumph over the team from the Philippines although seven players were naturalized Filipino citizens from the US.
However, she said that the Thai team must not underestimate their rival as an underdog team.
The Thai team thrashed their host Jordan 6-1 on Monday (April 9), scoring three points which are equal to the Philippine team’s. And a draw will be enough to send the Thai team to the semi-final round of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
However, Mrs Nualphan is not content with just a draw.
Earlier, she promised to inject 15 million baht for the team if they triumph over the Philippine team to win a ticket to the Women’s World Cup in France next year whereas the Thai Football Association also pledged another five million baht to boost the morale of the team.
The Thai team won all the eleven previous encounters with their Philippine rival and it was placed on the 30th world’s ranking compared to the Philippines’ 71st world’s ranking.
One of the players, Ms Taneekarn Dangda, expressed confidence that her team would win the match against Philippines which will kick off at around midnight of April 12 Thailand time.