Football Associatrion of Thailand president Vijitr Getkaew has set a high target for Thailand's national team for the next two years, including winning the ASEAN Football Championship (former Tiger Cup) and SEA Games. The biggest ambition is to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, he said. "We must also reach, at least, the semi-finals of the Asian Games (in Doha in December) because we have reached them the previous two. Anything less is a failure for the team," he said as quoted by Bernama newagency.
FAT will give priority to grassroot development including setting up of several training schools throughout the country following the inaugeration of the National Football Training Centre at Nong Jok on 25 April.
World champion Brazil will play Thailand in a friendly football match in Bangkok later this year as part of the celebrations to honour the 60th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne. FAT secretary general Worawi Makudi tolf the Bangkok Post that Brazilian Football Association president, Ricardo Terra Teixeira has agreed for the match to take place, months after the world champion defend their title in the World Cup tournament in Germany this June.