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PHUKET: Thailand Futsal Premier League (TFPL) runaway table toppers Chonburi TOS RBAC FC, brushed aside Phuket United in their match on Saturday evening, with Chonburi winning at home 5-1.

Played at the Chon Kanyanukoon School in the heart of Chonburi city, the match was both side’s 16th of a 30-fixture season.

Going into the game, the Chonburi ‘Sharks’ were ranked first in the league with 43 points from 13 victories, one draw and a loss. Meanwhile, the Andaman Pearl were in fifth place with 27 points from their nine wins and six losses.

Chonburi’s all-star starting five, included Dung Puak-un in the nets, captain Kritsada Wongkaeo, Lertchai Isarasuvipakorn, Anukul Mini and Supawut Tuenklang.

Phuket’s starters included Parinya Pandee in goal, captain Nattapong Buachai, Akadet Chuaiklai, Jackson Santos and Marcos.

And though the teams were closely matched when they met two weeks ago in Phuket, this encounter would prove to be a different story.

No doubt tired from travel and intense FA Cup competition, having narrowly lost their quarterfinal match to Lampang United two days earlier, Phuket were vulnerable without their home support.

Chonburi broke the deadlock two minutes into play. Winger Kritsada Wongkaeo took a strike with the full force of his right foot, a shot which was blocked by Phuket’s keeper and deflected towards Anukul Mini, who followed up to score.

Moments later, Phuket’s Nattapong thought he had equalized with a piercing strike from 12 meters out, but Chonburi’s keeper’s sharp reflexes ensured a fantastic save.

Suphawut looked to double the Sharks’ lead in the 11th minute, but his strike was slightly off target.

Minutes after that, however, his team mate Tanathon Santhanabrasit didn’t miss, making the score 2-0.

Two more Chonburi goals in the final minutes of the first half – by Nattawut Madyalan and Kritsada Wongkaeo – extended the home side’s lead to 4-0 by half time.

Four minutes into the second half, the shark feeding continued.

Home heroes Supawut and Kritsada showed fans why they headlined the national squad at the Futsal World Cup last November in Bangkok.

Boxing out the Phuket defender in the middle of the court, Supawut skillfully laid the ball off for Kritsada to score at the far post, bringing the score to 5-0.

Down but not out, Phuket picked up the attack, and the Pearl’s new signing Kitipong Sonsuwan and Anurak Phetluan narrowly missed scoring chances in the 26th and 29th minutes.

Chonburi’s goalkeeper Dung Puak-un was having a good day, however, he might have maintained a clean sheet, but Phuket’s Nattapong finally found the back of the net in the 34th minute. Neither side was able to score again in the remaining six minutes.

The result puts Chonburi 8 points ahead of the current second placed TFPL team, Bangkok FC.

Despite the defeat, Phuket retained their fifth place standing.

After the match, Assistant Coach Tum wrote the following message to fans on Facebook:

“I apologize to all fans for managing the team to lose [against] Chonburi. In any case, I’d like to compliment our team spirit in fighting to the last second… I take responsibility for failing. I would like to thank you and hope that you will continue to give us a chance and reinforcement in the future.”

Licking their wounds, Phuket continue on the road, heading to Isaan to take on Sipathum Sunrise Si Saket FC on Wednesday, January 30.

To be played at Rajphat University, Si Saket, the match will kickoff at 6pm.

After that, Phuket will return to the capital to play 2nd place Bangkok FC this weekend.

The Andaman Pearl’s next home match will be on Wednesday, February 6, against CAT FC.

Meanwhile, the team have signed three new promising Thai players. These include Pivot Piyapan Rattana, right winger Kitipong Sonsuwan and left winger Thawit Kingkaeo.

Transferring from Thai Port FC, Piyapan was part of the national squad that finished as runners up in the Asian futsal championship last year.

Kitipong (transfer from CAT FC) and Thawit (from Bangkok FC) were part of the national squad that played in the last FIFA Futsal World Cup in Bangkok.

Other TFPL results over the weekend

Leo Bang Sue 4 – 6 Royal Navy
Samut Songkhram 2 – 2 Bangkok FC
Samut Sakhon 5 – 5 Si Saket
Lampang Utd 2 – 3 CAT FC
Nonthaburi 6 – 1 Samut Prakarn
Thai Port 1 – 1 Highways Dep

TFPL upcoming fixtures, January 30, 2013

@ Fashion Island, Bangkok
Highways Dep vs Surat Thani – 10am
Royal Navy vs Lampang Utd – 12pm
CAT FC vs Thai Port FC – 2pm
Bangkok FC vs Nonthaburi – 4pm

and

Prachin FC vs Samut Songkhram @ North Krungthep University – 6pm
Chonburi vs Leo Bang Sue @ Chon Kanyanukoon School, Chonburi – 6pm
Samut Prakarn vs Samut Sakhon @ 72 Pansa Arena, Minburi – 6pm

— Steven Layne

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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.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Phuket Muay Thai fighter is the first Thai national to compete in UFC

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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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Phuket airport ready for tourists after finishing Covid screening labs

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Phuket Airport is officially ready for tourists as authorities say they have finished installing Covid screening labs in an effort to welcome international travellers. The 5T Model for Covid-19 is being used at the airport with the goal of screening large groups of people in a quick and efficient manner. The Phuket health chief says the 5T’s stand for Target, Testing, Treating, Trusting and Tracing.

Phuket has one large airport at the north end of the island but is separated into two separate terminals – a domestic terminal (the original airport terminal), and a new international terminal opened in 2016.

The target category refers to the target groups of tourists while the tracing stands for software that will be used to monitor their movements. The testing category refers to Covid tests that will be implemented to travellers upon arrival along with the treatment and trust categories signifying the readiness of resources for medical treatment and confident communications between all parties respectively.

The Covid-19 lab container module has been set up at Phuket airport’s Terminal X (the terminal opened for charter flights opened in 2014) and will be tested tomorrow with its operation to start on September 30. As large groups of tourists could arrive (later in the year, the lab is reportedly capable of testing 96 people at a time with test results becoming available in 6 hours. What the airport would do withe tested passengers whilst waiting for 6 hours, has not been detailed at this stage.

Such a readiness plan to welcome foreign tourists originally singled out Phuket due to its popularity with travellers, and as a so-called guinea pig model to test in a controlled environment (Phuket is an island joined to the Thai mainland by a single 300 metre road bridge). Once dubbed the Phuket Model, authorities have proposed to rename the plan to “Special Tourist Visa” due to the confusion and opposition it reportedly caused. The scheme is reportedly now being proposed for all areas of Thailand but only allowing foreigners from specific countries.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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