Thai national football team coach Milovan Rajevac has urged his men to do their best when the Thai team meets North Korea tonight at the Rajamangala Sport Stadium in the 45th King’s Cup event, although it will certain be “a difficult job.”
Thailand, the defending champions and 14-time holders of the King’s Cup trophy, will meet North Korea, world’s No.114, at 7.30pm, and Burkina Faso, ranked No.44, will play Belarus, world’s No.71, at 4.30pm.
Winners of the two matches will meet in the final on July 16.
Rajevac admitted the North Korean team has improved considerably during the past two years. However, he has studied North Korea’s tactics to prepare the Thai team for this crucial match.
He was confident his players’ eagerness to play would lead to their victory.
Chalermpong Kerdkaew, a Thai defender who will play in King’s Cup for the first time in his life, believed the Thai team would be able to defend the title.
North Korea’s German coach Jorn Anderson said it was pity some main players of the team cannot join the tournament as they have to play for their original clubs. However, with several months of preparation and the higher potential of his players, he believed North Korea would beat Thailand.
The North Korean team trained at the Rajamangala Sport Stadium last night for about one hour without allowing the media to take pictures.
From noon today, about 300 police from Hua Mark station were deployed around the sport stadium to maintain law and order and along the Ramkhamhaeng and Rama IX roads as well as on the motorway to facilitate traffic flows between 3pm – 9pm.