Malaysia and Thailand national team players duel air in the King’s Cup or King’s Cup in Thailand, 22 September 2022.
BOLASPORT.COM – Malaysia national team coach Kim Pan-gon proved his statement that Thailand’s higher FIFA ranking is not a guarantee of a better game.
The Malayan tiger managed to silence the team nicknamed the War Elephants 5-3 on penalties after playing 1-1 until normal time, Thursday (22/9/2022) night WIB.
Two days before serving Thailand in the King’s Cup or King’s Cup in Chiang Mai, Kim Pan-gon satirized Thailand’s FIFA rankings and 2 other opponents.
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Mano Polking’s team is in 111th position in the world, while Malaysia is 148th.
While the other 2 teams that participated in the King’s Cup, Trinidad-Tobago and Tajikistan, ranked 104th and 109th, respectively.
According to Kim, the FIFA rankings are a reflection of previous performances, not reflecting current real conditions.
“I emphasize, the opposing team is not necessarily stronger than us,” he said, as quoted by BolaSport.com from Harian Metro Malaysia.
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A day later, Polking replied to Kim’s remarks by insisting that Thailand was better than Malaysia.