Teerasil to captain Thai football team in Aug 31 match with Iraq

Ace striker Teerasil Dangda has been picked by Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac to captain the Thai national football team which will take on Iraq in a FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying match at the Rajamangala Sport Stadium on Thursday (Aug 31) at 7pm.

Speaking at a pre-match conference at the Football Association of Thailand head office, Rajevac said the match on Thursday is very important as it will be the Thai team’s last home game.

He said he would like the Thai fans to cheer the Thai players as their goal is to clinch victory.

With Teerasil and playmaker Chanathip Songkrasin back in the team, the Thai offensive is certain to improve, he said.  However, the game will be without goalkeeper Kawin Thamsajjanon and Thanaboon Kesarat who are still suffering from injuries.

Teerasilp and Rajevac at a pre-match press conference

It was earlier expected that Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakul would be made the captain.  But it is Teerasil who turned out to be Rajevac’s choice, with Theerathon Bunmatan being deputy captain.

Both the Thai and Iraqi teams are already out of the race for the World Cup 2018 in Russia.  Thailand is 6th with two points from eight matches without a win. Iraq is 5th with five points. In their first match, Iraq beat Thailand 4-0.

Hua Mark police have advised the football fans to avoid Ramkhamhaeng road between 4-9pm and use Rama IX, the motorway and Si Nakharin roads instead.