Watch out for Thais’ Swiss terror
No more Datsakorn Thonglao. Thailand’s midfield mastermind this time will be Charyl Chappuis, who was born to a Swiss father and Thai mother.
Chappuis (above), who inherited Datsakorn’s No. 7 shirt, will not be an unfamiliar face having played for Thailand Under-23 against Singapore U-23 in last year’s South-east Asia Games semi-finals which the Young Lions lost.
The tireless ball-winner with an eye for defence-splitting passes was part of the Switzerland Under-17 team that won the 2009 U-17 World Cup.
He featured in all seven matches at the tournament.
In the Asian Games just two months ago, the 1.77m midfielder also played a key role as the War Elephants marched into the semifinals.
Just last week, he starred again as Thailand beat the Philippines 3-0 in a friendly. The Lions will do well to keep him on a tight leash.