Thursday, November 27, 2008


Thais confident they can host AFF

Suzuki Cup 'will go ahead'

The current political troubles will not stop Thailand co-hosting next month's Suzuki Cup, Football Association of Thailand President Worawi Makudi said yesterday.

Mr Worawi was responding to reports in the New Straits Times newspaper that the tournament would move to Malaysia if the Asean Football Federation (AFF) decided Bangkok was not safe enough to hold the event.

"I would like to confirm that the tournament will go ahead on schedule," he said. Matches are scheduled to start in Indonesia on Dec 5 and Thailand Dec 6.

"I told the other three teams that are in our group that if planes cannot land at Suvarnabhumi airport then we have Don Mueang and also U-Tapao."

He said he was sure security would be fine.

"As the host of the tournament, we cannot cancel or change things 10 days before the tournament begins," he said.

"We have prepared a lot for the tournament and if we cannot host it then it will give Thailand a bad reputation."

Thailand is the co-host with Indonesia in the first round. and faces matches against Vietnam (Dec 6), Laos (Dec 8) and Malaysia (Dec 10).

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