Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
National team midfielder Thailand Supachok Sarachat thanked the war elephant team manager Nualphan Lamsam or Madam Pang for appointing Alexandre ‘Mano’ Polking as coach.
Polking managed to bring Thiland to the final of the AFF Cup 2020 (AFF Cup 2021) after eliminating defending champion Vietnam in the semifinals.
In fact, Thailand is now temporarily leading the way to lift the AFF Cup trophy after successfully defeating the Indonesian national team 4-0 in the AFF Cup final first leg at the National Stadium, Singapore, Wednesday (29/12).
Thailand’s four goals in the match were scored by Chanathip Songkrasin in the second and 52nd minute, Supacok Sarachat in the 67th minute, and Bordin Phala in the 83rd minute.
Supachok who became man of the match In the first leg final, Thailand’s success in reaching the AFF Cup final could not be separated from Madam Pang’s right decision to appoint Mano Polking as the coach of the War Elephant Team.
“When he (Polking) took over the Thailand national team it put us in good shape. Thanks to manager Madang Pang who decided to choose Coach Mano to lead the team,” Supachok was quoted as saying. Thairath
“Mano Poking is very suitable for Thailand, after almost 10 years working in Thailand, Mano is a person who understands Thai culture and football very well. When Coach Mano was in power, he helped all the players to maintain their performance and show their best in every game,” said Supachok added.
Thailand will face Indonesia again in the 2020 AFF Cup final second leg. This match will be held at the National Stadium, Singapore, on Saturday, January 1, 2022.
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