Milovan Rajevac, the head coach of the Thai national football team, will have another chance to prove his clout in the 45th King’s Cup tournament scheduled to be held on July 14-16 at the Rajamangala Sport Stadium.
Rajevac on Tuesday (July 4) announced the line-up of the 25 players to defend the title. Most of the key players are from Muang Thong United, including Teerasil Dangda, Theerathon Bunmathan and Kawin Thamsatchanan.
Two new players — Philip Roller and Kampon Phathomakkakul– have been included in the team.
The event will see four teams in the tournament: World No 127 Thailand, No 41 Burkina Faso, No 83 Belarus and No 114 North Korea.
On July 14, title holder Thailand will play North Korea, while Belarus will take on Burkina Faso.
The winners will meet in the final on July 16.
Speaking through translator, Rajevac, who is Serbian, said King’s Cup was one of the very serious tournaments.
“We are playing against strong teams. As you all know, their rankings are better than ours, but we are positive and optimistic. We are going to do our best to prepare ourselves. As you can see, we are gradually improving. We are getting to know each other better and I hope that we are going to play well. I would like to invite supporters to come and to be our twelfth player. This can be really crucial to the team,” he said.
He also explained the reason why some outstanding players in the U-23 team and Chanathip Songkrasin were not included in the team, saying that the U-23 team had important matches to play, so he would like to keep the players with the team.
About Chanatip, Rajevac said he received a letter from Consadole Sapporo football club that they will not allow Chanathip to come because the tournament does not play on FIFA days so they don’t have to let the player play for the national team.