Forward striker Thirasilp Dangda has pulled out of the King’s Cup national soccer team and will not play in the first match against North Korea on July 14 at Ratchamangala stadium because he is not physically fit for the tournament.
Serbian head coach Milovan Rajevac said on Sunday that he would not find any replacement for Thirasilp.
Of the 25-member King’s Cup squad, only 20 showed up on Sunday to report themselves to their head coach. Among them were Thiratorn Boonmatun, Adisak Kraisorn, Kawin Thamsatjanan as well as two newcomers Thai-German Philip Roller from Ratchaburi FC and Kampol Pathom-atthakul, goalkeeper from Police Tero. The rest of the squad will join later.
Rajevac told the Press that the King’s Cup tournament was very important for the Thai fans and, therefore, the players must be physically fit and well-prepared.
Meanwhile, head coach of the under-23 national soccer team Worawuth Srimakha said it was a pity that four key players namely Ratanai Songsaengchan, Thanasit Siriphla, Anont Amornlertsak and Kewin Diromrum had pulled out from the Asia 2018 selection round scheduled on July 19-23.
Thailand plays host to the Group H selection round and will meet Indonesia, Malaysia and Mongolia. The team aims to lead the group in order to get the ticket to play in the final round in China next year.