Kiatisuk confident ahead of Myanmar clash

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Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang is feeling confident ahead of the first leg of their AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final against Myanmar on Sunday.

The War Elephants have enjoyed a superlative start to their campaign, running off three consecutive wins against Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore, netting six goals in the process to top Group A.

Thailand do have one injury concern, though. Theerathon Bunmathan is in a race against time to get fit again but should the Muangthong United defender fail, Kiatisuk has full faith in his replacements.

“I am confident of a good result against Myanmar,” said the 43-year-old.

“I believe Thailand is the stronger team. Theerathon is still doubtful for this match but we have good replacements, so it is not a big problem.”

Kiatisuk is under no illusions as to the challenge facing his men when they walk out onto the pitch at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon, which will be packed to the rafters with boisterous White Angel fans.

“The fans in Myanmar can be intimidating but we are not concerned,” he added.

“My players have played in front of big crowds and they are used to it.”

Thailand – who are the defending champions – will be eager to take one step closer to a fifth AFF title with a win on Sunday.