Football Association of Thailand (FAT) president Worawi Makudi has claimed that the U-23 team can challenge for the Olympics berth next year following their victory in the SEA Games final.
The Young War Elephants retained their gold medal on Monday night thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over Myanmar U-23 at National Stadium Singapore.
Having qualified for the AFC U-23 Championship in Qatar next January, Worawi believes that his team are capable of sealing the one of three tickets to the summer Olympics in Brazil.
“”Our next target is to play at the Olympics,” said Worawi was quoted by Bangkok Post. “Many players in this SEA Games team will be eligible to play at the Olympics.
“Qualifying for the Olympics will be difficult but nothing is impossible. We finished fourth at last year’s Asian Games so we only need to move a step farther for an Olympic spot.
“We are kings of Asean and we want to move up to the Asian level,” he added.
Thailand were advanced to the AFC U-23 Championship final stage as the best runner-up team after finishing second in Group G behind North Korea.