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PHUKET: The island’s pro futsal team, Phuket United, suffered their fifth straight loss on Wednesday night, losing at home 1-2 to the state-owned telecom corporation flagship team, CAT FC.

Played in front of about 500 fans at the Saphan Hin Indoor Sports Complex, the match was both sides’ 19th of 30 fixtures in the Thailand Futsal Premier League (TFPL) 2012-2013 season.

Phuket’s leading scorer, Jackson Santos activated the scoreboard half way through the first half with a beautiful goal from the top of the area – his 19th of the season to put his side up 1-0 at the half.

However, the visitors came out refreshed in the second half, with Panuwat Chanta finding the equalizer in the 29th minute.

Phuket pressured the goal and had many chances to retake the lead, but the visitors’ defense was in fine form.

An own goal resulting from miscommunication between Phuket’s keeper and Brazilian winger Marcos sealed the fate for the Andaman Pearl late in the second half, and the Pearl were not able to make up for it.

After the match, CAT FC’s coach Narongsak Kongkaeo, or Coach Noi, told the Gazette that he was pleased with the result.

“It was a tough match and Phuket played well. But luck was on our side in the end and I’m glad that we secured three more points, especially on the road.”

Asked about his season goal, Coach Noi remark: “Of course I set the bar high every season – and that is to finish in the top three if not five.”

CAT’s only foreign player in the night’s lineup, Brazilian winger Roberto told the Gazette that his team was relieved.

“We were tired after the 11 hour bus trip to Phuket. In the last 4 to 5 games, our teamwork has improved much. Although we were quite lucky about the last goal, this win has been a boost for our confidence.”

The atmosphere in the home team’s locker room was host to a different mood.
A greatly disapointed club director and major benefactor for the team, ‘Ko Lek’ gave a serious lecture to the boys.

“In [11-a-side] football, this many consecutive losses would be unacceptable, and the coaches and managers would be expected to move aside so someone else more capable could come and replace them…

“Every time we lose, we say we’re going to start all over and try again. So I want you all to think hard about how you’re going to do it [start over] this time.

“The next game will be an important assessment match. If you want to continue to see me here, then I suggest you all think real hard how you are going to turn things around.”

The homecoming loss last night followed a tiresome two week road campaign in which Phuket played two FA cup matches – a win against ATP FC and knockout loss to Lampang United – as well as three league defeats, to Chonburi, Si Saket and the Royal Navy, respectively.

As a result of the loss, Phuket fell into 9th place of the 16 team elite league, while CAT FC moved up in 8th.

Phuket’s chance to redeem themselves will be this Saturday, when they will play Bangkok based club, Leo Bang Sue FC.

The match will kickoff at 7pm at the Saphan Indoor Sports Complex.

Adult tickets are 100 baht. Children under 150 cm are admitted free.

Other TFPL Results from Wednesday night

Si Saket 5-2 Samut Songkhram
Bangkok 6-2 Highways Dep
Leo Bang Seu 3-4 Lampang Utd
Thai Port 3-2 Prachin
Surat Thani 4-3 Samut Prakarn
Samut Sakhon 3-3 Royal Navy
Chonburi 5-0 Nonthaburi

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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.

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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