“Madam Dear” quits as manager of Thailand’s U-23 football team

Watanya Wongopasi who is affectionately known as “Madam Dear” has tendered her resignation as manager of Thailand’s under-23 national football squad in compliance with the new policy of the Thai Football Association to do away with the managers for national soccer teams.

“As a Thai citizen, I don’t want to be an obstacle. As an elder sister of the U-23 soccer players, I will do anything I can to make the Thai team prospers and for every player to become successful. One should not feel attached [to a position],” said Mrs Watanya after meeting with Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang, the association president, to report about the Thai soccer team’s performance in the recently-concluded SEA Games in Malaysia and to tender her resignation.

Thailand defeated host Malaysia in the final men’s football match to defend their championship in the 29th SEA Games on Aug 29.

Mrs Watanya said she wanted to spend more time with her own business and her resignation was in line with the association’s policy to do away with managers for the soccer national teams with the exception of the women’s soccer team which still needs a manager.

Pol Gen Somyot praised Mrs Watanya for her dedication to the Thai soccer team and for her love of the soccer sport.

With the departure of Madame Dear, he said head coach Witthaya “Yong” Srimaka would look after the U-23 soccer squad.

He added that a meeting would be held on Monday (Sept 11) with the technical staff of the association to go through all the weak points of the team for their SEA Games performance and to make rectifications to prepare for the final round of the Asian Football Championship to be held in China in January next year followed by Asian Games in Indonesia in August.