Head coach says he can finally sleep peacefully

Motorists pass by a billboard displaying a photograph of the Thai children's football team Wild Boar and their coach with a message reading "welcome home brothers" in Chiang Rai, on July 10, 2018.
Motorists pass by a billboard displaying a photograph of the Thai children's football team Wild Boar and their coach with a message reading "welcome home brothers" in Chiang Rai, on July 10, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

The head coach of the Moo Pa (Wild Boars) team, which included the 12 footballers who were trapped in a cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai province, told The Straits Times yesterday that their rescue meant he would finally be able to sleep peacefully.

Mr Nopparat Khanthavong said in a telephone interview: "I am relieved and I am happy with the successful rescue mission. For the last few nights, I didn't get restful sleep, but tonight will be the best sleep for me." He said he had not been able to see the boys and was not at the hospital yesterday evening.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2018, with the headline 'Head coach says he can finally sleep peacefully'. Print Edition | Subscribe