Kiatisuk named Thailand coach after SEA Games triumph

Kiatisuk Senamuang has been named coach of the Thailand national team just a week after leading the Under-23 side to victory at the 2013 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The 40-year-old’s appointment as the boss of the senior side was confirmed at a Football Association of Thailand (FAT) board meeting.

“Everybody agreed to his appointment,” FAT acting president Worawi Makudi told the Bangkok Post.

Kiatisuk will continue to be in charge of the U-23s, but his first assignment with the War Elephants’ senior side will come in March in their final 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Lebanon.

Thailand have already been eliminated and condemned to a bottom-place finish in Group B following a 3-1 defeat to Kuwait last month, which led to the departure of Surachai Jaturapattarapong.

Kiatisuk took charge of the War Elephants earlier in the year on an interim basis following Winfried Schafer’s resignation, and led them to an impressive 5-1 win over China with a side consisting just four players over the age of 23.

And just last week, he successfully led the U-23s to a 12th SEA Games gold medal after they beat Indonesia in the final.

Kiatisuk remains one of Thailand’s most celebrated footballers having scored 70 goals in 131 games for national team, as well as having spells abroad in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and at English side Huddersfield, although he failed to make a single appearance during his time there.

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