Thailand national team arrive in Hanoi for AFF Cup final

Created 12 January 2023
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The Thailand national team arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Wednesday to prepare for the first leg of AFF Cup final against Vietnam.
Thailand national team arrive in Hanoi for AFF Cup final

Thailand national team arrive in Hanoi for AFF Cup final

Thailand's main striker Teerasil Dangda (R, 2nd) had an injury during the 3-0 semifinal win against Malaysia on Tuesday night. When he arrived at Noi Bai, he walked normally and seemed to be fit.

The AFF Cup final first leg will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and the second leg in Thailand on Monday night.

Thailand national team arrive in Hanoi for AFF Cup final

Dangda (L) is currently the top scorer of 2022 AFF Cup with six goals, followed by Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Linh with five. Dangda is also the greatest scorer in the history of AFF Cup with 25 goals.

The 34-year-old is the only player who remained since the final of the 2008 AFF Cup between Vietnam and Thailand. Dangda scored a goal back then but Vietnam won 3-2 after two legs of the final and claimed the title.

Thailand national team arrive in Hanoi for AFF Cup final

Thailand had to split into two groups to fly to Hanoi, but arrived almost at the same time at Noi Bai Airport because one flight was delayed.

The players checked in quickly but had to wait for nearly 40 minutes to get their luggage. General Manager of Thailand national team Nualphan Lamsam, also known as Madam Pang, did not arrive with the team. She's expected to be in Hanoi on Thursday afternoon.

Thailand national team arrive in Hanoi for AFF Cup final

Defender Theerathon Bunmathan (L) is one of the most important players of Thailand. He was one of the core players in the semifinals of 2020 the AFF Cup, where Thailand won 2-0 against Vietnam after two legs.

Thailand national team arrive in Hanoi for AFF Cup final

Some Vietnamese and Thai fans took photos with Bunmathan and other Thailand players.

Thailand national team arrive in Hanoi for AFF Cup final

Thailand head coach Mano Polking has worked in Vietnam before as the coach of V. League club HCMC FC in 2020 and 2021.

Thailand national team arrive in Hanoi for AFF Cup final

Thailand players move from the baggage claim area to the bus. Theerathon continued to be noticed by many Vietnamese fans who chanted his name, some even wanted to high-five the Thailand defender but he did not respond.

Thailand national team arrive in Hanoi for AFF Cup final

Right-back Suphanan Bureerat, 29, will face Vietnamese fullback Doan Van Hau on the same flank in the final. He is also goalkeeper Dang Van Lam's former teammate at Thai club Muangthong United.

Thailand national team arrive in Hanoi for AFF Cup final

Midfielder Weerathep Pomphan, 26, did not have much game time in this tournament. He is one of the three overage players of U23 Thailand who lost 0-1 to U23 Vietnam in the SEA Games 31 final at My Dinh National Stadium in May.

Thailand national team arrive in Hanoi for AFF Cup final

Coach Polking was the last to leave the airport. He is currently the Thailand coach with the highest win rate of 68%. He is also the only coach to lead a Southeast Asian team to win against Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo.

Thailand national team arrive in Hanoi for AFF Cup final

Thailand stay at the Hyatt hotel, which is about five minutes by bus from My Dinh Stadium. The hotel was also where Indonesia stayed when they came to Hanoi to play the second leg of the semifinals on Monday.


Source: VNE