Thailand national team coach Kiatisuk said the absence of midfielder Sarach Yooyen had affected his team, resulting in a 2-0 defeat against traditional Asian powerhouse Japan on Tuesday.
After the match, Kiatisuk said a 2-0 defeat against Japan is acceptable, but felt his team could have done more if Sarach Yooyen were able to play. The Muangthong United midfielder was suspended due to a late-minute red card in the match against the UAE.
“I think we can be satisfied with the result because before the match I thought we would concede more. Fortunately, we conceded only two goals. Congratulations to Japan”, the former national player said.
“Sarach’s absence affected us because he is our key player, and I don’t have many options to replace him. We also didn’t have enough time to practice before a match against one of the best team in the region”, Kiatisuk told local newspapers.
The War Elephants will travel to West Asia to play two matches, taking on the UAE and Iraq in October.