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Phuket FC gets new blood for new year

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PHUKET: Following a month-long break, Phuket FC last week assembled its new-look squad for pre-season training in preparation for the coming Yamaha League One (YL1) season, which is set to commence in February, 2014.

Meanwhile, the club’s chairman and president announced a projected season budget of between 45 to 55 million baht – about the same as the 2013 season, but with less players on the roster.

Of the 31 players last season, the club has retained only nine for the 2014 season including seven Thais and two foreigners as follows: goalkeepers Ninuruddin “Ming” Nide-ha and Adisak “Ting” Doungsri; striker Eakartit Somjit; defenders Sakareya “Ya” Kolae and Yasuke Sato (Japan); and midfielders Cristian Alex (Brazil), Alef Poiji, Watchara Kriaram and winger Wuttichai Sooksen.

Up to 17 new signings are expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, while six high-profile signings were formally announced last week, bringing the projected roster to 26.

The new confirmed signings, including two Brazilians and four Thais, were officially introduced to local media ahead of the pre-season’s first training session last Monday, December 16.

Headlining the new signings are two talented Brazilians – experienced and towering center-back Tales Ricarte dos Santos and young yet skillful midfielder Eber Henrique F de Bessa, or just “Eber”.

Standing 197 centimeters tall, 29-year-old Tales was transferred to Phuket from 2012 and 2013 Singapore League Cup champions, Brunei DPMM FC.

Speaking at a press conference last Sunday, Tales remarked: “I’ve come here to get results, and so that’s what my focus will be… I’m looking forward to working with my new team and hopefully we will have a shot at the Thai Premier League.”

Meanwhile, Eber, 21, was signed on loan from Phuket FC partner club and 2013 Serie A (Brazil’s top-flight football league) champions, Cruzeiro ES.

Eber has won a total of 11 youth championships in Brazil with America Miero (6) and Cruzeiro (5), and has also competed in Canada and Sweden in recent years.

Phuket FC’s other Brazilian on loan from Cruzeiro, Cristan Alex – who joined in the club midway through last season – has also been confirmed on the 2014 roster and reportedly will be joined in Phuket this season by his wife and daughter from Brazil.

The Thai signings’ highlights include striker Wasan Natasan, 32, who most recently played for Thai Premier League side Bangkok Glass, and was a top scorer (36 goals) for three seasons on TPL team Chiang Rai United from 2010-2013. Wasan is a native of Chiang Rai.

Also with Chiang Rai on his resume is 32-year-old midfielder Rattapon Attawong.

A third new Thai signing is young-yet-promising 21-year-old striker Anusak Laosaengthai, who joins Phuket on loan from SCG Muangthong United. Last season, Anusak played on loan for Ayuthaya FC, and has also played for Thai Port FC and Airforce United.

A fourth new Thai signing is Prachaya Hong-In, a defender from Pattaya United, who has also worn the colors for Isaan United and Trat FC.

Although fans are thrilled that skillful Japanese defender, Yusuke Sato was confirmed on this season’s roster, many more fans are also saddened that Ivorian stalwart Nenebi Slyvester did not re-sign, having loyally served the club for four seasons (2010-2013).

Speaking at Sunday’s press conference to present some of the new players, Phuket President Pamuke Achiriyachai justified his decision to continue with Brazilian Head Coach, Stefano “Teco” Cugurra Rodrigues, despite a less-than-sensational record in last season’s conclusion.

“Teco joined midway through the season and had to work with what the old coaching team left him, so it’s not fair to measure him on this alone. We want to give him a chance to show what he can do… He’ll have the first three games to prove himself,” Pamuke said firmly.

Coach Teco later told the Phuket Gazette: “The pressure is on, but that’s what football is about. We’re going to start training hard for the next month and I think we’ll have good prospects.”

The coach, who is expecting his wife to give birth to his son as this paper goes to print, confirmed that the club plans to sign at least one more Brazilian and most likely a Myanmar national as an Asian reserve for Sato.

The current Asian Football Conference regulations allow a team to field one Asian player in addition to three non-Asians at any given time.

“After we confirm the new Brazilian and Myanmar players, that will bring our final number of foreign players to six – two Asians and four Brazilians. Altogether, we’ll have 26 players,” he concluded.

Keep checking our online Phuket Sports pages, join our Facebook fan page or follow us on Twitter @PhuketGazette for the latest local sporting news and action.

— Steven Layne



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Sattahip drug addict arrested and jailed after threatening wife and children

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Sattahip police have arrested a person with drug problems who allegedly threatened to kill his wife and two children. 39 year old Jarat Injom was found hiding in the bedroom of his Moo 4 village house where he had barricaded himself after 34 year old wife Sangwein Prasannet called police.

The wife told authorities she’d been married to Jarat for eight years and they had two children, aged 5 and 8. But for the past two years he has been addicted to crystal methamphetamine (ice).

She told police that he often acted crazy and aggressive but she had never sought help in the past. But today he threatened both her and her children with a knife, so she called police.

The man has been arrested and is currently in detention pending further legal proceedings.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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Indian and Pakistani rob foreigner on road trip to Pattaya

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The Immigration Police have arrested a pair of foreign criminals after robbing a fellow foreigner on a road trip to Pattaya from Bangkok. The two men made friendly contacts with their victims before arranging to meet and robbing them.

Mohammad, a man from Pakistan, and Kuldip, a man from India, have been charged with robbery. In this case the victim was another Indian who wanted to work in Thailand.

The traveller from India asked for help on a Facebook Page called Tesco Man Power PVT Ltd Thailand. This page aims to assist Indian citizens in Thailand and is a go-to blog for Indians working, retired or looking to work in Thailand.

The victim was contacted by the 2 suspects who made friendly overtures. After talking online for a while the man decided to travel to Thailand on June 25. The three met on Sukhumvit Road and agreed to travel together to Pattaya.

Things started turning sour during the road-trip. The suspects forced the victim to hand over his phone, and cash worth 100,000 baht. After they robbed him, they threw his luggage and passport out the car window before kicking him out of the car. The suspects then drove away leaving the man stranded in Nong Nan sub-district in Chachoengsao Province, basically the middle of nowhere.

Immigration Police contacted the Nong Nan Police to help investigate the case after the victim came in and reported what had happened to him. They eventually arrested Mohammad in a village in Samut Prakarn, south of Bangkok.

After arresting Mohammad, he told police more information that led to the arrest of Kuldip at a condo at Lad Krabang, Bangkok.

The pair will be prosecuted and deported back to their countries. Police suspect that the current victim wasn’t their first victim falling for the same plan and ending up stranded somewhere between Bangkok and Pattaya.

SOURCE: INN News

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Pattaya bar owner arrested on human trafficking and prostitution charges

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A bar owner in Pattaya has been arrested on Saturday whilst on the run from police trying to arrest her over a string of human-trafficking and prostitution charges.

The Anti-Human Trafficking Division eventually arrested the 31 year old Pattaya bar owner, also known as ‘Sudarat’, ‘Om Leelabut’, and ‘Nanthachai’.

Sudarat had an arrest warrant out in her name relating to human trafficking, seeking people persons to work as prostitutes, engaging underage persons between the ages of 15-18 to work work as prostitutes.

INN News reports that Sudarat also had charges waiting for her after owning a bar that “supports prostitution”, including the sale of sexual services by persons over 15 years old but not exceeding 18 years old. In 2013 Sudarat and her foreign husband invested in a bar named “Sad Bar” which was providing prostitution services.

Police set up a sting by offering the “sale” of a person under 18 years old. But Sudarat evaded capture and continued hiding in the region. Sudarat was eventually arrested in a Chonburi restaurant and delivered to the Pattaya Police Station for formal charging.

SOURCE: INN News

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