BELIEVE IN THE NEXT GENERATION - UNITED STARS TO DOMINATE ASIAN GAMES 2014
Muangthong captain Datsakon Thonglo has faith that the 4 Muangthong United players will form the core fighting force of the Thai National U-23 Team at the INCHEON ASIAN GAMES 2014, September 19th - October 4th.
"I view this as a collection of great players who can win it all. Indeed, they are the hope of the fans Thailand. Fans should follow these players during the ASIAN games."
Muangthong United are sending keeper Kawin Thamsatchanan, midfielder Sarach Yuyen, and defender Suriya Singmuy, plus on-loan player Sarawut Kanlayanabundit, to the U23 squad. Sarach and Suriya are also products of the Muangthong United Academy system, and their call-up to the national squad speaks to the quality of this program. (see )
Already Sarach Yuyen (Tung) has scored a dramatic free kick as the U-23 squad defeated Phuket F.C. in an friendly last weekend. “I am proud to have scored for the club, and it helps us to establish a positive mood.”
According to head coach Kasem Jariyawatwong the current team is “the best squad yet” and he expects they will capture the gold medal for Thailand. The team have a relatively easy group stage with Maldives (Sept. 15), Timor Leste (Sept. 18) and Indonesia (Sept. 22). The team’s best ever result has been 4th place, which they last achieved in 2002.
The Thai women’s team is also competing in the games, but in a more challenging group with Korea, the host nation on Sept. 14, Maldives (Sept. 17), and Indonesia (Sept. 21).
The Asian games are held every 4 years, and after the Olympics are recognized as the second largest sporting event on the globe. This time around there are 50 nations from across Asia competing in traditional sports from aquatics through wrestling. The games mirror the same 28 sports that will feature in the 2016 Olympics. Additionally, there are unique sports specific to the Asian cultures, such as Takraw and Wushu (a Chinese martial art). Dragon Boat Racing, a popular sport previously contested, will not feature at the Incheon Games.
The Asian games have been held since 1951, with China being the last country to host. For the 2014 games two nations were bidding for the rights, however Incheon, South Korea easily won the vote over Delhi.
Besides Kawin, Sarach, and Suriya, other Muangthong players have featured on the U23 Thai national team in the past: Datsakorn, Wuttichai, Piyaphon, and Sarawut.