From a sporting perspective, she was right, but it was hard not to feel much for the Thai players because it was the second country appearance in the Women’s World Cup.
“I think a lot of players have ignited the situation, and they have told me that it pushed them even further, next time, even when they have to lose, the margin should be smaller,” said Thai TV presenter Pirapul “Champ” Uryakul.
And the youngest was. Thailand defeated 5-1 against Sweden in its next game, but this unique goal gave the team, and the country some hope.
“I think it has inspired many people that they can make the impossible possible.” Oirakul said. “I think when they scored this goal, it was a victory for the Thai people.”
Nalvanvan Lassam, who was the team’s general manager during the most recent World Cup demonstrations in Thailand, was seen on TV cameras crying after scoring the goal.
“They are tears of joy,” Lamsam told CNN. “I am very proud of my team to see everyone playing with their full potential under the pressure accumulated since the heavy loss of the first game with the United States.
“Winning and losing are not important, what we really care about most is the morale of Thai soccer players.”
The keys to future success
So what’s next for women’s football in Thailand?
Euariyakul and Sornsai both believe it is up to the domestic league. The Lamsam family company sponsors the nascent women’s league, and players in the national team are employed by her company.
The league is now semi-professional, but while equal pay dominates the headlines in women’s sport, Champ says it goes deeper than that in Thailand.
“The key to success is the professional league. If the players don’t have the professional league, after the World Cup, they have to go to be a salary, which they don’t want to do.”
“They want to play sports full time. And if our association says we need a professional league, I think we can go and we can compete more competitive.”
Sorensay agrees. She has appeared in many youth and school championships and has played with the national team since 2005, and has achieved 115 international matches along the way.
“I hope it (Thai Muang Women League) will become a professional league in the future,” said Sorensai.
“They must create women’s football academies to produce many talented players. Second, they must set higher standards in education, competition and organization. Finally, they must invest more in facilities to improve and achieve success in the future.
Lamsam believes that her eight-year efforts on her head were not on her way back.
“I want to be proud and inform everyone of the Thai women’s soccer team,” she said. “Although football is a popular sport all over the world, it only refers to men’s games in Thailand.”
Euariyakul agrees and believes that women’s games must be played before men’s games to help attract fans, and the league itself should be more straightforward.
“The most important thing is that we have to be encouraged, and we must watch more women’s matches. We just broadcast the World Cup, it’s bubble-like. It comes once every four years and I don’t think that’s enough. You need a strong belief, as in England, you need to broadcast the game every week. “
“We hope we can play the World Cup again, and then, of course, bridge the big gap from the best teams.”
CNN’s Amanda Davis contributed to this report.