Sports News of Tuesday, 1 January 2019
Milovan Rajevac will be sacked as Thailand coach if he fails to reach the quarter-final of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, according to Football Association of Thailand chief Somyot Poompanmoung.
The Serb has vowed to win as many matches as possible at the tournament which starts this Saturday at the United Arab Emirates.
Thailand will take on India in group A on Sunday.
Rajevac is trying to redeem his pride after hus side failed to defend their title in the AFF Championship, losing to Malaysia in the semi-finals on away goal rules.
Thailand has been drawn in the same group with India, Bahrain and the UAE. Only top two teams from each of the six groups plus four best third placed teams will progress into the last 16.
“We are going to play in the best competition in Asia. We are very motivated and we are aware of the challenge. We hope to play for good outcomes,” said Rajevac, whose team will play a warm-up game with Oman behind closed doors on Wednesday.
Despite the pressure, the Serbian coach insists he is more concerned about winning matches than cautiously racking up the points his team needs to secure a second-round berth.
‘’We will try to win every match we play, as each win is important. The strongest team will be UAE as they have home advantage.”