| BANGKOK (Nov 15, 2007) – The men’s football gold will be closely contested this year and it came as no surprise that the psychological warfare had already begun with Thailand exerting that they are not sure of the lustre of gold at the Korat SEA Games.
Admiral Suravudh Maharom, Thailand’s national athletes’ preparation committee chairman, said that he is worried about the men’s football team who will be seeking a record eighth straight title.
“I talked to football officials who said our team’s preparations may not be good enough (to win the gold),”’ said Suravudh.
“Vietnam are tipped to be our opponents in the final. It would be tough for us to win gold this time.”
Vietnam were the losing finalist at the last two SEA Games.
In comparison, both Indonesia and Malaysia have openly announced that they each are capable of winning what is perhaps the most sought after gold medal at the biennial games.
For the SEA Games in Korat slated for Dec 6-15, Thailand have set the target of winning up to 150 gold medals.