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Team Thailand confident of a semi-final spot

15 October 2016

Thailand’s win over Kenya the week before wasn’t just a moral victory. It was also a testimony to their improvement in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup so far. When the Asian team stepped on to the mat to face the sturdy Kenyans who had given Iran the scare of their life, little did anyone expect it to be a one-sided affair in favour of Thailand. The final result? A solid 53-21.

Opening their campaign against a formidable Iranian squad, Thailand suffered a tough defeat – it is still one of the higher margins of loss in the tournament. Since then, though, they have come back with a bang winning both their next games – against Poland and Kenya – emphatically. 

After their superb win against Kenya, Thailand coach Athiwat Panya praised the performance of his boys. “This is a team effort. The team practises as a unit and they go out there to win. We will look to continue this form and we’re concentrating on winning games further.”

He, however, did believe there are some areas of improvement too. “We could’ve performed better (against Kenya). We are going to discuss our tactics and address our weak points in training.”

Training is now on, of course, for their next challenge which is the United States of America on October 16. Captain Khomsan Thongkham, who is himself one of the top players in the tournament so far, was optimistic of his team’s chances of a semi-final berth. “We face USA in our next match; we’re confident we will win against (them) and seal a place in the semis,” he said.

Can Thailand go all the way to the final four stage? There’s only one way to find out and that’s by tuning in to the Star network and hotstar for every piece of the action from the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.