The curtains if the 2014 ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup have closed with this years tournament being one of the most exciting in recent memory. The Perfect Pass gives you the Final Power Rankings for this Tournament.
The Azkals couldn’t break eventual champions Thailand in their first leg in Manila and eventually succumbed to the the pressure in their second leg in Bangkok. Overall, The Philippine team manage to finish the tournament with highlights such as the drubbing of perennial tormentors Indonesia and qualifying for the semifinals with a game to spare.
The Red Warriors started their semifinal campaign very well making them overnight favorites for the final but a dose of overconfidence spelled their doom in the second leg as the Malaysians pulled of an improbable “Miracle in Hanoi, Part Two”. The Vietnamese side made a few mistakes and had some bad luck in the end to lose against a tough veteran squad from Malaysia who then had nothing to lose. It was a tough end for the tournament co-host as much were expected from their campaign.
The come-back “kids” of the tournament almost pulled of the most stunning of finales but were eventually outrun in the end by the real kids in Thailand. Harimau Malaya with its veteran core did the improbable by putting three against Thailand in the first half of the second leg. Credit goes to Coach Dollah Salleh for rolling the dice on his first eleven which eventually brought them to the cusp of the cup. It was an eventual swan song for many of the players like Captain Shukor Adan who is in the twilight of his international career.
Quick thinking from Charryl Chappuis and a wonderstrike from Chanatip “Messi Jay” Sonkrasin made the difference as this fairly young Thai squad managed to beat everyone in the region to hoist their fourth AFF Suzuki Cup. The War Elephants capped a spectacular comeback run ten minutes from time and snatch the Cup from the Malaysians. The Thai squad are already automatic favorites in the 2018 edition of the tournament as most of the performers are part of the country’s Under-23 squad who can theoretically still play 4 more editions of the tournament. Kiatisuk Senamuang fought for his U23 players before taking the head coaching job and his decision bore fruit as his young core brought the trophy back to Thailand.