Thailand disbands its national football squad

The Football Association of Thailand has disbanded its 28-man national football squad, named only 12 days ago and is reviewing the entire outfit - player by player. Media was told that the the squad included too many veteran players and that many were simply not suitable for next year's big tournaments. But in saying that, they recalled 'Thailand's most prolific striker', Kiatisak 'Zico' Senamuang, formerly with English club Huddersfield Town and Tawan Sripan and Therdsak Chaiman. "It's not a big change, we just want to put the best players together, that's our aim," said FAT secretary-general, Worawi Makudi. "We want to make sure we get the best out of everybody, and one of the reasons for the change is the players' age."

The main events the squad will be preparing for are next month's King's Cup, the ASEAN Football Federation Championship (formerly Tiger Cup) and the Asian Cup. The King's Cup, originally with eight teams vying, will now be confined to only four teams - Kazakhstan, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand - and played from 20-30 December in Bangkok.

Virat Chanpanich, the Thai team manager for the King's Cup, said he was fed up with the job and would probably step down if the squad was replaced. "If it is true about the changes, I will probably resign from the post because there is no point staying on in this kind of circumstances," he was quoted as saying by The Nation newspaper. "I am done with the job. I feel as if someone has kicked me in the teeth."