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PHUKET: The Pearl of the Andaman, Phuket United, succumbed 2-3 to a stronger Thai Port Futsal Club on Saturday night in Phuket Town.

The match, Phuket’s 22nd and Thai Port’s 23rd in the 30-fixture GMM Thailand Futsal Premier League (TFPL) 2012-2013 season, was played in front of about 800 fans at the Saphan Hin Indoor Sports Complex.

Thai Port – owned by the Port Authority of Thailand – broke the ice early on with a goal in the first minute by Brazilian veteran Thiago Mora de Oleveira.

After that, it was mostly Phuket who controlled possession, ever determined to find the equalizer.

That goal finally came in the 17th minute with a beautiful strike from the top right of the area by Phuket’s leading scorer, Jackson Santos.

The score remained 1-1 going into half time.

The visitors took the lead again 7 minutes into the second half with a goal by Thanapon Wongsam-aang.

Phuket equalized again five minutes later with another beautiful strike by Santos from the right side, scoring his 25th for the team this season.

The two goals put Santos in 3rd place for the league’s golden boot race. Santos trails Navy’s Jesada Chudet (28) and Si Saket’s Brazilian star Romualdo Namorato (31).

With the score level at 2-2, Phuket picked up the offensive pressure, and Thai Port’s defense started to show signs of weakness.

However, Thai Port’s keeper Prakit Daan-khunthot took everything that came his way, and did not make any mistakes.

In the 37th minute, Thai Port sealed the game on a quick counter attack after Worin Romnee capitalized on a loose ball mid court, catching Phuket’s keeper Parinya Pandee out of position and sending the ball to the back of the net.

Despite a commendable power play attempt, Phuket were not able to equalize for a third time.

After the match, Thai Port Thai veteran Wutichai Thin-tawee told the Phuket Gazette that his side were quite pleased with the result.

“We played to our plan, and that was to play strong defense… In the second half of the season, we lost a lot of our good players who went to teams like Chonburi and Phuket [referring to Piyapan Rattana]] so we’ve just been working on getting our new players to get used to the team.”

Another Thai Port veteran, their only foreigner, Thiago Mora de Oleveira also talked to the Gazette after the match.

“This season has been a lot harder than previous seasons due to the hectic scheduling of up to three league games a week, not to mention our tough FA Cup schedule. We were tired from the trip to Phuket, and I was also worried because Phuket has three Brazilians.

“While I often knew which tactics they were using, a lot of my team mates didn’t, so it was difficult to adjust. In the end we did okay.”

Thiago, who first came to Thailand to play 11-a-side football is playing his fourth season for Thai Port Futsal Club.

Phuket’s star Brazilian Jackson Santos also spoke to the Gazette after the match.

“Although I’m having a really good season with 25 goals, I’m not so satisfied because our team has not been doing so well. We’ve been real tired from travel and working hard but have a lot to improve on if we are going to meet our goal of finishing in the top five of the league,” he said.

Phuket remain in 10th place with 30 points from 10 wins, 12 losses and a goal difference of +2.

Thai Port retained their 2nd place standing with 49 points, trailing runaway table toppers, Chonburi by 9 points (Chonburi still have two games in hand).

Phuket have eight more games this season to meet their goal of finishing in the top 5.

Their next two matches this week will be on the road, starting this Wednesday, when they will play 13th placed Samut Sakhon.

With a 4pm kickoff, the match will be played at Bang Khun Thien, just to the west of the capital.

Following that match, Phuket will stay in Bangkok to play 11th placed Samut Songkhram on Sunday (March 24) at the Fashion Island Futsal Arena with a 12pm kick off.

Phuket return home to play 6th placed Nonthaburi on Wednesday, February 27, after which they will take on 5th placed Surat Thani on Saturday, March 2, also at home with a 7pm kickoff

Other TFPL Results this weekend:

  • Leo Bang Seu 2-7 Samut Sakhon
  • CAT FC 4-3 Samut Songkhram
  • Navy 1-3 Surat Thani
  • Lampang Utd 1-3 Nonthaburi
  • Si Saket 7-2 Prachinburi
  • Chonburi 6-2 Highways Dept
  • Samut Prakarn 3-5 Bangkok

— Steven Layne

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Phuket’s July Sandbox no-quarantine model “needs a major revamp”

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PHOTO: The monsoon waves are starting to hit Phuket's west coast

Thailand’s Sports and Tourism minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn is acknowledging that Phuket’s ‘Sandbox’ model for a no-quarantine re-opening in July will need “a major revamp”. As the Songkran travel bubble bursts and the monsoon season waves start to roll onto the island’s west coast beaches, Phuket’s scheduled July re-boot suddenly seems a long way off.

Minister Phiphat says he plans to meet with “all related agencies” this week. Apart from the latest national re-surge in new infections, Phuket has been unable to get its hands on sufficient vaccines to meed its deadline of 70% of the island vaccinated by July 1. Thailand’s limited supplies of the vaccine – including some 930,000 doses designated for Phuket – are being rerouted to other provinces as the government prioritises the limited supply.

“We are all concerned about the reopening timeline,” he was quoted in Bangkok Post.

But the Minister did acknowledge that, if the 70% vaccination level couldn’t be met, they may consider opening some areas of the island. Exactly how that would work hasn’t been revealed at this stage.

The minister also brought up the ongoing travel bubble negotiations and says he hadn’t heard back from some of the candidates with their reaction to the current outbreak.

Flights in and out of Phuket Airport’s international terminal have been extremely patchy and the flights from feeder tourist markets will need to co-operate with any re-opening plans.

Phuket, whilst suffering a rise in new infections, hasn’t been hit as hard as some of the other popular holiday provinces, like Chiang Mai, Chon Buri (Pattaya) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin).

This year’s Songkran was going to be a major stepping stone for the island’s recovery and many hotels, some who had opened especially to cater for Songkran holiday traffic, noted a lot of cancellations just prior to the break.

But some island hotels have still reported high occupancy rates over the past week. One Manager, who did not want his name published, said that their hotel was almost full with Thai patrons, most who had pre-paid for their flights and accommodation and decided to go ahead anyway.

Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, the president of the Phuket Tourist Association, says that they are opposed to any lockdown as it would cripple the island, with its tourist businesses already suffering greatly. He stated that 15% of people cancelled their Songkran bookings, while 30% had postponed their trips.

The Sports and Tourism Ministers is still in quarantine after having close contact with Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, who was diagnosed with Covid-19 2 weeks ago.

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Phuket begs Kolour attendees to come for Covid-19 testing

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FILE PHOTO: Kolour in the park was more pleasant in 2018 before Covid-19.

Health officials in Phuket put out a public statement this week compelling all foreigners who attended clubs and ‘Kolour’ events to report for Covid-19 testing. As many might expect, the response has been lacklustre at best. Spreading the message around the foreigner and expat community in Phuket, the message is aimed at the multitudes of people, mostly foreign who attended Kolour and related events that turned into a Covid-19 superspreader event. Many foreigners have not come forward, much to health officials chagrin.

Online and on social media, foreigners and Thais shed light on why this urgent public health request is going largely unheeded. Foreigners fear the repercussions of coming forward, especially since Thailand is not allowing staying home or elsewhere in isolation if someone tests positive for Covid-19. Quarantine is mandatory, and with infection numbers exploding across the country, many fear the less-than-posh comforts of being quarantined in an emergency field hospital.

Cost is the other factor that likely is preventing foreigners from turning themselves in to be tested for Covid-19. While Phuket health officials may test people for free, anyone found infected with Covid-19 will be financially responsible for all the costs of their treatment and quarantine. Foreigners with limited financial resources, especially after a year of holing up in Thailand to ride out the Coronavirus, may resist reporting to authorities when they cannot afford the mandatory quarantine and medical treatment.

Perhaps recognizing this hesitation, the message includes a plea for all attendees to self-quarantine and self-monitor for any symptoms over the next week, even if they fail to report or test negative. The note also reminds everyone to wear masks in public at all times. The statement to the public also instructed anyone who attended any of the Covid-19 spreading nightlife events to report to the Acute Respiratory Infection Clinic area of Vachira General Hospital to receive a Covid-19 swab test.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions

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Three of Thailand’s biggest expat areas are seeing sharp rises in new infections, partly from pre-Songkran traffic. The Songkran holidays, now officially over (but will see many people taking today off and making a weekend Songkran extension), and the government says they are expecting to see a rise in the cases numbers reported in the popular holiday locations.

Chon Buri Public Health office says they now have a total of 910 infections since April 1. They have 103 new cases in the past 24 hours. Most new cases are in Bang Lamung district which includes Pattaya City with 47, Siracha with 12) & Chon buri City with 8.

Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions | News by Thaiger

Meanwhile Phuket has a total of 142 infections recorded on the island with the Governor still insisting there will be no need for a lockdown. Here’s a breakdown of the areas and the numbers of recorded infections so far (below).

Governor Narong announced that the Phuket Infectious Disease Control Committee won’t be implementing an official lockdown, but will “strictly raise the intensity of public health measures to counter the spread of Covid-19″.

“Everyone should wear a face mask, maintain social distancing, wash their hands frequently and install the Mor Chana app (available for free from App Store and Google Play Store).”

A meeting of the CCSA, chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is expected to upgrade restrictions in red zone areas around the country, which includes Phuket and Pattaya. Read more about the latest red and orange zones HERE.

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For Hua Hin expats, there’s been 100 new Covid-19 infections announced in Prachuap Khiri Khan in the past 24 hours, 75 cases from Hua Hin. This takes the total in the province since April 1 to 625. Hua Hin accounts for nearly 90% of the district’s total cases.

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