Head coach hails strength and resilience of boys trapped in Thai cave

Thai rescue workers carrying oxygen tanks for the rescue operation at Tham Luang cave. The rescue team is also said to be bringing supplies and food into the cave.
Thai rescue workers carrying oxygen tanks for the rescue operation at Tham Luang cave. The rescue team is also said to be bringing supplies and food into the cave.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

CHIANG RAI • For more than a week, head coach Nopparat Kantawong stood vigil outside the Tham Luang cave for news of his young football players who were trapped inside the flooded cavern.

When they were found alive on Monday night, after nine days, the 37-year-old was not just joyful but also full of praise for the resilience of the 12 boys, aged between 11 and 16.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2018, with the headline 'Head coach hails boys' strength, resilience'. Print Edition | Subscribe