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Thais eager to make amends

Thailand coach Mano Polking and his second string side will try to salvage some pride when they meet Estonia in a friendly in Tallin Tuesday night.

The match kicks off at 11pm, Thai time, and will be televised live by Thai Rath TV.

The War Elephants were humiliated 8-0 by Georgia in Tbilisi on Thursday.

The Thais are without several key players including Chanathip Songkrasin and Teerasil Dangda of BG Pathum United and Buriram United’s Theerathon Bunmathan.

Thai fans have lashed out at the players, who apparently did not want to join the tour, and the clubs who refused to release their players.

Team manager Nualphan Lamsam has offered apologies for the embarrassing result.

“After the loss to Georgia, we had a talk,” Thailand midfielder Bordin Phala said on Monday.

“We are trying to forget the disappointment in the previous match and look forward to the next game.

“We want to do better and aim to win this game. We will try to get a good result for our fans.”

Thailand striker Teerasak Poeiphimai said: “We are now focusing on the game against Estonia. Everybody in the team is ready for the match. We will do our best. Our goal is to win the game.”

Earlier, Polking said he had told his players to forget what happened in the previous match.

“What’s really important at the moment is to shift the focus to the game with Estonia,” he said.

“We need to produce a good result and regain the faith of Thai people.”

Meanwhile, a Vietnamese side are reportedly interested in hiring Polking, who worked in that country before being appointed coach of Thailand.

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