Adisak Kraisorn will be looking to repay the faith Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang has shown in him by helping his side beat Malaysia in the final of the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup.
After playing a key role in the War Elephants reaching the knockout round by grabbing a crucial brace in their 3-2 win over Malaysia in the group stage, Adisak’s campaign turned sour in the first leg of the semi-finals when he was sent off against Philippines for violent behaviour.
However, although he was suspended for the return encounter, his team-mates coped admirably without him as they claimed a 3-0 win over the Azkals at the Rajamangala Stadium to set up a final encounter with Malaysia, which begins with Wednesday’s first leg in Bangkok.
With Kirati Keawsombat still struggling with injury, it is likely that Kiatisuk will reintroduce the BEC Tero Sasana striker straight back into his starting XI, and the 23-year-old admits he is raring to prove his worth once more.
“I am glad that my team-mates did very well to send our team to the final,” he said, on the tournament’s official website.
“Malaysia are one of the strongest teams in Southeast Asia and I will try to score against them to help our team win the title.”
It appears that Adisak’s rashness in the first game against Philippines has not had any long-term repercussions, with Kiatisuk claiming his young charge had learnt from the incident.
“We wanted to advance to the final to show our support for Adisak,” he had said following their last match.
“Adisak now understands that he made a mistake in the previous match; he wants to return and show the fans what he’s capable of again.
“He has not lost any of his confidence and is training hard in preparation to make an impact in the final.”
One player that has been a constant for the Thais so far is goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan, who has played all but one game so far – a 2-0 win over Myanmar in the final group game when he was rested after his side had already booked their place in the last four.
Having been part of the side that lost in the final to Singapore two years ago, the Muangthong United custodian is determined to go all the way this time round.
“In the last edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup, we came close to the title,” he said.
“To play two finals in a row is a difficult job but I would like to tell the Thailand fans that we are eager to play in the last two games and win the title.
“We will have 50,000 fans cheering us on [at the Rajamangala Stadium on Wednesday] and we are very well prepared.”