Kiatisuk: AFF Suzuki Cup win is a new year's gift to fans


Kiatisuk: AFF Suzuki Cup win is a new year's gift to fans


Thailand will be dedicating their AFF Suzuki Cup win to both their new king Maha Vajiralongkorn, who ascended to the throne recently, and the late king Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Head coach Kiatisuk Senamuang said they would be taking the cup to the king's palace on Sunday and added that the victory is a gift for the fans' unwavering support.

"We dedicate this for the new king... we dedicate the cup for the fans and for the [late] king," he said.

"The win is a new year's gift for all our fans."

Kiatisuk also revealed that after the 2-1 defeat in the first leg, the players "were very down". However, the team as a whole wanted to "fight for the fans" and that gave them all the motivation he needed.

The AFF Suzuki Cup victory is Thailand's second consecutive triumph since Kiatisuk took over, and he wants the fans to continue to trust in him.

"I had many comments from fans to try and help... I want to take the team forward, and I want the fans to trust me," he said.

Runners-up Indonesia could not find a way back on Saturday night and head coach Alfred Riedl felt that Thailand deserved their win.

Calling them the "better team" over both legs, he said: "Congrats to Thailand, they are the best team in Southeast Asia.

"They did a good job. We could not penetrate their defence."

However, he also praised his charges for the way they have performed in this tournament.

Written off prior to the start of the tournament by many critics, they also entered the tournament as the lowest-ranked team in the group stages but surprised many by making the final, which Riedl said was unbelievable.

"We are happy we made final, we did not really believe we could make the final," he said.

When asked about his future though, he said nothing was set in stone yet although he would like to be given a chance to continue.

"I have no idea what the federation (Football Association of Indonesia) is planning. But I would like to build a strong team to challenge Thailand."

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