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PHUKET: Thailand will aim to gain the upper hand over old foes Singapore in the first leg of the ASEAN Championship final today, in a showdown of the tournament’s two most successful sides.

Both have won the title three times, with their second championship showdown in five years set to decide which side takes the record as the region’s top dog.

Despite being the most successful teams in the tournament now known as the Suzuki Cup, they have both failed to reach the final in the past two years, which saw first Vietnam then Malaysia claim debut titles.

Thailand’s last triumph came a decade ago, though their last appearance in the final ended in a bitter 3-2 aggregate loss to Singapore in 2007 that put the city state level on titles.

Having seen off defending champions Malaysia in the semifinals with a 3-1 aggregate win, the Thai team are widely tipped to end their decade-long wait for a fourth title. Thailand coach Winfried Schaefer has, however, refused to accept the tag of favorites.

“I don’t think we are favorites,” the German told media on the eve of the match at the tiny, less than10,000 capacity Jalan Besar stadium.

“We have two matches in the final – one game here and one in Bangkok. Our focus right now is on tomorrow’s game and then after that, we can talk about our game in Bangkok.

“It is a small stadium and Singapore have good players. We have to concentrate from the first to the 90th minute and we have to be focused, fight for the ball and keep the play in front of us.”

The 62-year-old German admitted that he was surprised at his team’s strong run of four wins from five, given Thailand’s lack of preparations in comparison with their tournament rivals.

“I am happy that we are in the final now. I was not sure on November 1 when we had our first training session.

“If you look at the preparation time we had for the tournament, I think it is a surprise that we are here now. We didn’t have any friendly matches, only our training camp to prepare for the tournament and now we are in the first leg of the final.

“Thanks to the players and the staff for getting us here, but we are not finished yet, because we want to win the AFF Suzuki Cup.

“We worked very hard and focused in the past six weeks and I must compliment my team and my staff and all who helped us during this intense time,” said the veteran coach, who took over the national post last year.

Turning his focus on the Singaporeans, Schaefer said the formidable striking pair of Aleksandar Duric and Shahril Ishak was likely to present an even greater challenge than the Malaysian attack.

“I think that the best two teams in the tournament are in the final. I watched Singapore’s last matches on DVD and they played very well, so it will not be easy for us tomorrow. I think that we have to play the match at a high level and concentrate and hope that we can get a good result to take home for the second leg in Bangkok.

“Singapore have a very good team. They have a good fighting spirit and they are now in the final, and nobody goes to the final without good play.”

— Phuket Gazette / The Nation

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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

The newborn was left in a reusable shopping bag on a bench behind a Krungthai Bank branch. A woman in the area heard the baby crying and found the newborn in the bag along with a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage shows a woman, police later identified as Ei Ei Phyu, leaving the bag on the bench.

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In earlier reports, police said the baby is healthy and does not appear to have any injuries.

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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