| BANGKOK (8 Oct 2010) – Thailand could not be more than pleased with the grouping they received where they have been placed in Group F where the Under-23 side will be up against Oman, Pakistan and Maldives.
The top two teams from each of the six groups as well as four best third-placed teams qualify for the next round of 16.
The Asiad will be held in Guangzhou, China from 12-27 Nov although the football event will kick off on 7 Nov.
“The grouping is fine for us. The only strong team is Oman,” said Thailand’s chief coach Bryan Robson. “Thailand are stronger than Pakistan and Maldives but we won’t underestimate them.”
ASEAN neighbour Malaysia are in Group A against hosts China, Kyrgyzstan and Japan while Vietnam are in Group B against Iran, Bahrain and Turkmenistan.
Singapore are in Group D against Qatar, Kuwait and India.
In the seven-team women’s event, Thailand face a daunting task as they are in Group B with champions North Korea and runners-up Japan.
Group A features hosts China, South Korea, Vietnam and Jordan.
The top two teams from each group reach the semi-finals. The women’s football competition will be played from 14-23 Nov.
ASIAN GAMES DRAW
Group A: China, Malaysia, Kyrgyzstan, Japan
Group B: Iran, Vietnam, Bahrain, Turkmenistan
Group C: South Korea, Palestine, Jordan, North Korea
Group D: Qatar, Kuwait, India, Singapore
Group E: Uzbekistan, UAE, Hong Kong, Bangladesh
Group F: Thailand, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan
Group A: China, South Korea, Vietnam, Jordan
Group B: North Korea, Japan, Thailand