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PHUKET: First-place Ratchaburi FC is in “fine form” and preparing to play attacking football in tonight’s highly-anticipated match against Phuket FC, the team’s coach told a pre-match press conference yesterday.

Speaking in the Phuket FC office opposite Surakul Stadium, Ratchaburi Coach Somchai Maiwelai said, “Even though there is a considerable gap between our teams [26 points], we’re not going to underestimate Phuket. They have fantastic teamwork and can be a deadly team.”

Ratchaburi beat Phuket 3-0 in their first encounter in May, but only after Phuket keeper Alonso Goleiro was sent off after a disastrous call that was later reviewed by the league and ruled incorrect. The ruling had no impact on the final outcome, however, as all on-the-field calls are irreversible under Thai Premier League rules.

Coach Somchai said his team would come out in attack mode, employing a 4-4-2 formation.

Ratchaburi captain Prayad Boonya said, “Our team is in full form. The only key player who is not available to play in tomorrow’s match is striker Pornchai Artjinda, who is injured.”

Coach Somchai also confirmed that the team’s leading scorer, Brazilian Douglas Gordoza, would be one of the Dragon’s starters tonight.

Gordoza is tied with two Bangkok United players, Romin Gasmi and Sompong Soleb, for second in the league for golden boot, each with 12 goals, while Suphanburi’s Pipat Tonkanya is the current leader with 14 goals.

Phuket, in contrast, have two key players who will not be on the field. Recent signings Jongnok Wattana and Wanmai Setthana both will both be watching from the sidelines with foot injuries.

Also watching the opening kick-off from the sideline will be both of Phuket’s Brazilian stars. Midfielder Marcio Santos has to serve a match ban for accumulating too many yellow cards, while keeper Alonso will sit out so that Phuket-born Kampol “Ice” Pathom-attakul can play the position, thus freeing up one of the three non-Asian quota positions on the pitch.

For the last month, Alonso has been given the special role of being Ice’s personal goalkeeping coach.

Coach Noi confirmed that his strategy will be defensive, with a 4-2-3-1 formation.
“We are the clear underdogs tomorrow, so we’ll play defensively and try to capitalize on counter-attack opportunities,” he said.

Team President Pamuke Atchirayachai was also present at the press conference.

“Ratchaburi is a really good team. We believe they will get promoted to the Thai Premier League at the end of this season, and hopefully we will meet you there next season,” he told Coach Somchai.

“Our primary goal is to avoid relegation and finish in the top 10 this season. Tomorrow will be an exciting match and I want everybody to respect the rules and outcome, no matter what happens. We our professionals and so we should put our ‘all’ into showing it,” he said.

Mr Pamuke, who understands the value of incentives through financial reward, has been awarding his team 100,000 baht for each victory, with an additional 10,000 baht per goal.

Phuket Captain Watcharapong Jun-ngam concluded: “Anything can happen tomorrow. All I know is we will try hard to gain three points for Phuket.”

Fans heading to the stadium for the match are advised to get there early if they want a guarantee of staying dry in the covered seating section: the 24-hour forecast issued by the Thai Meteorological Department calls for “cloudy conditions with fairly widespread thundershower over 70% of the province and isolated heavy rain”.

Fans are also advised that there is a complete ban on the retail sale of alcohol across the island due to today’s election for Phuket Provincial Administration Organization council seats. Those who have planned ahead will be allowed to bring beer into the stadium, but only if it is stored in plastic bags.

Results of yesterday’s Yamaha Division One matches:

J.W. Rangsit 0 – 2 Khonkaen
Songkhla 0 – 1 Suphanburi
Krabi 2 – 0 Gulf Saraburi
Navy 1 – 0 Pattalung
Chanthaburi 0 – 2 Air Force Utd

— Steven Layne & Stephen Fein

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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

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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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