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Nanjing: Fans at the Jiangsu Training Base Stadium appear to be in for a treat on Saturday, as Thailand and Uzbekistan chase a victory in a match both expect to win.

After being forced to defend for the large majority of their respective matches against China PR and DPR Korea, both head coaches have vowed to throw caution to the wind as they chase three much-desired points to close out their time in China.

“For tomorrow’s game against Uzbekistan, we expect to win,” said Thai boss Nuengrutai Srathongvian.

“I think in this game each team will see it as a 50 per cent chance to win, so we hope we can do it.

“Our games against DPR Korea and China PR were games where we had to focus on defending, but for tomorrow’s game we will attack, and hopefully the players will enjoy attacking more.”

Uzbekistan head coach Bahrom Norsafarov beamed with pride after his side’s courageous 2-0 defeat to DPR Korea, but he too believes the time has come for his side to show their offensive qualities.

“Surely, we will play to attack,” he said.

“In the first two games we were a bit afraid because of the teams we were playing against, but now we will play to attack because we need to win this game.”

Norsafarov’s defenders will need to be wary of Thailand's Kanyanat Chetthabutr.

The striker – who scored eight goals in qualifying – was a transformative figure in the match against China PR, having missed the heavy opening defeat to DPR Korea through suspension.

The softly-spoken 18-year-old (pictured below, right) said she was ready to find the net against the Central Asians.

“We really hope to win the game against Uzbekistan tomorrow,” she said.

“I am looking forward to the game and we will try hard to get some goals.”

The teams have met twice before at the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship, with Thailand winning on both occasions, although the most recent fixture came way back in 2004.

Photos: AFC 

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