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Jakarta Post

Thomas Cup: Indonesia stays alert for Thailand match

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Bangkok, Thailand   /   Sun, May 20, 2018   /   05:35 pm
Thomas Cup: Indonesia stays alert for Thailand match IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, the venue of the 2018 Thomas and Uber Cup world team championships. (JP/Ramadani Saputra)

Winning the opening day against Canada in the 2018 Thomas Cup men’s team championship doesn’t mean Indonesia will not stay on alert.

In the next match on Tuesday, Indonesia is set to meet host Thailand, which most likely will give its best performance in front of home fans at IMPACT Arena in Bangkok.

Indonesian coach Herry I. Pierngadi told his squad to watch another Group B match between Thailand and South Korea closely on Sunday evening.

As of Sunday, Indonesia is leading the group stage.

“I have instructed our video analysis team to record the [Thailand versus South Korea] match so we can learn their games. Thailand and Korea have the equal chance of winning, so I believe they will deploy their best players, who probably will be playing against us in the next match,” Herry said on Sunday.

The result of Sunday evening’s match would determine which players will be deployed by Indonesia for the Tuesday face-off, added Herry.

Meanwhile, world number 12 pair Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto, who admitted that they felt nervous as debutantes in the Thomas Cup, said they were ready for the Thailand meet.

“Playing against the host, we don’t only have to be ready physically, but also mentally, as the opponents will get strong support from the home crowd,” Rian said.