Kiatisuk Senamuang, once the top striker in all of Southeast Asia, managed to score, but he and his Thai teammates were beaten 3-1 by their Vietnamese counterparts in a friendly game on Friday.
The former Vietnamese and Thai football stars played well, pleasing the spectators at Ho Chi Minh City’s Thong Nhat Stadium.
Though the Thai team lost, Kiatisuk, who took V-League club Hoang Anh Gia Lai to two consecutive V-League championships in 2003 and 2004, was impressive as usual.
“It’s been five years since my last visit to Vietnam, but I still miss this country, which I have told my wife and children is my second home,” said Kiatisuk.
“Ho Chi Minh City is still like it was years ago. It is still crowded and the traffic is still heavy. My Vietnamese football friends are older. I know your Tet is coming. I’d like to wish my Vietnamese football friends good health. I wish Vietnamese fans good luck in the new year.”
The friendly match was held by the HCMC Football Federation (HFF) to raise funds to support 50 former players in the city who are currently facing financial difficulties.
Kiatisuk praised the HFF for putting on the charity match and said he would invite former Vietnamese footballers to Thailand for a similar friendly in the future.