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Thailand duo step down following World Cup exit

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Thai coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian

Bangkok: Thailand women’s national team coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian has stepped down from her role following the side’s group elimination from the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

Long-time team manager Nualphan Lamsam has also stepped away from her involvement from the team, ending a 12-year tenure at the helm of the women’s national team programme.

The duo has overseen a period of unprecedented success for the Chaba Kaew, who defied expectations to qualify for two successive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup – the only trips to global Finals in Thai senior football history.

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Across two tenures as head coach, Nuengrutai also won two AFF Women’s Champions and led Thailand to the semi-finals of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan; their best finish at the tournament in 32 years.

Lamsam (pictured below, centre) confirmed the duo would both be moving on immediately following the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“Being the manager of the women’s football team for 12 years has been the highlight of my career,” she said.

“The coach and I have already agreed that we will leave our roles. Thank you to all the players for the hard work and for their support.”

Thailand were eliminated from France 2019 following Group F defeats to the United States, Sweden and Chile.

The team will be looking for a new head coach ahead of their forthcoming bid to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Photos: FIFA via Getty Images

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