Thai coach Choketawee: We have better squad than 2013 SEA Games

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Thailand's football coach Promrut Choketawee speaks to reporters during a press conference ahead of their semi-final match at the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore on June 12, 2015. Thailand will meet Indonesia on June 13. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN        (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

head coach insisted that his team are in good condition both physical and morale ahead of the encounter in the semifinals on Saturday.

The Young War Elephants advanced to the top four stage after finishing on the top of Group B, which they clinched a perfect campaign with securing five victories in a row against Laos, Timor Leste, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.

Choketawee claimed that his current squad are better that the team who defeated Indonesia in the last meeting in final round of 2013 edition. However, he also expected a tough challenge from the same opponents this year.

“We have been preparing this team for two years. Some players are already involved with the national team and played in the AFF Suzuki Cup last year,” said the 40-year-old tactician.

“They have also gained experience from the Olympic qualifiers that were played earlier in the year and players are playing very well together and their overall team ethic is much better than the team of 2013.”

Thailand are in the hunt for their eight SEA Games gold medals since the U-23 tournament started in 2001.