Thailand pride was on this time with coach Kiatisak Senamuang promised fans to bring back the trophy and indeed he did. Thailand is ASEAN champion after 12 years and were welcomed by around 1000 fans at Don Muang airport.
Thai team was put in a double deck bus and traveled around the main areas of the city. Thailand’s main competition was Malaysia and they beat them well enough to be the champions.
Thailand’s success is possible because of the two goals scored by Chappuis and Chanathip that made Thailand win on an aggregate of 3-2. Thailand has long been waiting for this and finally made it after a dry run for 10 years.
The winner was awarded an lump-some amount along with 25 million extra bonuses that the Thai team will receive. Malaysia won a thrilling match against winning after being behind by 2-1 but surprisingly winning that game by 4-2 in Hanoi. Malaysia has always been a strong team in ASEAN and now Thailand are the champions, this will ensure some more money flowing money flowing into the sponsorship’s who were frustrated with Thailand’s long awaited win in a National level game.