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June warms up Phuket FC for September showdown with Sri Racha

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PHUKET: The Islander’s newly appointed head coach, Anuruck “June” Srikerd got his first chance to see his new side in action during a friendly match against a mixed Southern B-side last night.

Played on Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club’s artificial-grass pitch, the friendly proved to be a much needed confidence boost for Phuket, who scored 5 unanswered goals against their opponents, comprising a mix of players from Division 2 side, Phanga FC as well as local Rajabhat University Phuket amateur players.

The goals, scored by Niran Panthong, Watcharapong Jun-ngam, Poramut Krongborisut and Narakorn Wisetthanakarn, who netted the ball twice, offered fans some reprise following the team’s devastating loss to Saraburi on Sunday.

The informal friendly, played over four periods was spontaneously scheduled by Coach June, who took up his new post on Wednesday following the resignation of Coach Narong Ajarayutt a day before.

For full details of the resignation and new appointment, pick up a copy of the Phuket Gazette, out on stands tomorrow.

Coach June fielded two primary teams, who alternated onto the pitch in each of the four periods.

After landing at Phuket Airport on Wednesday, the new coach told a press conference: “My first priority is to get to know all my team to find out which players can play the systems the best. Then we have to work on building unity, pride and love in the team so we play as one.”

Despite a tough final run ahead to the end of the season, the Coach said he believes Phuket FC can earn 15 points from its remaining six matches, but will need to develop the right attitude.

In contrast to Phuket’s previous two head coach’s this season, Coach June, who last season led Southern rivals Pattalung to promotion from Division 2, was quite vocal and active in his command last night, constantly switching his orders between Thai and English to address both Thai and foreign players mistakes.

The coach reiterated to the team that regardless of their current standing (13th) or recent shortcomings, they still have a good chance to prevail against 3rd place Sri Racha on Sunday.

“The most important thing is that we need to play as one team. You can’t just look after your own role, but must also be able to step up and compensate for your team mates when they’re behind . Many of you are highly talented athletes, but that talent will mean nothing unless you play as a team and have the right attitude,” he concluded in the post-match pep talk, before asking the team to be in bed by 10pm, and up in the morning by no later than 7:30am.

The team is scheduled to commence training this evening at Surakul Stadium.

Sunday’s kick off against Sri Racha, also at Surakul Stadium, will be at 6:30pm.

— Steven Layne

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for southern Thailand with torrential rain forecast to hit the region throughout the weekend. The heavy monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and south of the country is being blamed for the rough weather, with the TMD predicting flash flooding in many areas.

(Phuket, Hat Yai and Hua Hin’s forecast below)

“Waves are expected to reach 2 metres in height in the lower Gulf of Thailand and possibly higher at the height of the storm. Ships are advised to proceed with caution.”

For the north and northeast of Thailand, the TMD forecasts strong winds and cooler mornings as the arrival of the “winter” season, coupled with a moderate high-pressure system, causes temperatures to dip.

Hua Hin’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Phuket’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Hat Yai’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: The Nation | weather.com

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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