The Lao Women's Football Federation will organise a final test event for its players on November 18-19 before the SEA Games get underway in December.
After conceding several goals at the International Women's Football Tournament held in Quang Ninh , Vietnam , last month, the team will play against a club from Chonbury province, Thailand , as a final test before the games.
Assistant coach Mr Viengsavanh Sengchanh accepted yesterday that his team was not as strong compared with the Thai and Vietnamese teams because they didn't practise before the tournament.
“We had left early hoping to practise in Vietnam for 10 days, but unfortunately there was a big storm in Vietnam then so for those 10 days we just ate and slept. We returned home for five days but the tournament organisers invited us to participate in the event so we decided to go ahead even though the players weren't fit,” he said.
After coming back from the tournament, the team starting practising hard by using the experience of the loss, and now they are getting better and are ready to take on the Thai team this month.
The squad has been training since April this year, and the federation invited countries in the region to a tournament in Champassak province. The Lao women were runners-up in the event.
“We have 25 players who are strong and ready to play in the SEA Games; I think they will be able to hold their heads high next month,” Mr Viengsavanh said.
The test event on November 18-19 will be another trial run for the Chao Anouvong and Dongdok stadiums to see if they are ready for the SEA Games.
“Fans can go to cheer the team for free during the competition on both days,” he said.
Mr Viengsavanh also explained that after the match the federation will continue with training and will select the final 20 players for the SEA Games.
“We promise we'll get one of the three medals for Laos ,” he said.
The women's football matches will be played in a group comprising Malaysia , Thailand , Myanmar , Vietnam and Laos .
“ Vietnam has the strongest team but we are trying our best,” Mr Viengsavanh said.