PHUKET: Despite a tough away draw last Saturday in Trat, Phuket FC are in high spirits ahead of tonight’s Yamaha League One (YL1) Phang Nga Bay derby match with Southern rivals, Krabi FC.
The all-Southern match-up, both sides 13th of the 34-fixture YL1 2013 season, will be played at Phuket’s Surakul Stadium with a 6:30pm kickoff (click here for map). Tickets for adults are 100 baht, while youth and uniformed students get in free.
The Phuket Islanders and the Krabi “Andaman Eagles” have met in the national YL1 league twice, both times last year.
Krabi prevailed 1-0 at Phuket’s Surakul Stadium last July (click here for match report), while in the last match these sides played each other, in August of last year, Phuket drew in Krabi.
The local home fans had difficulty swallowing that result, as hundreds of Phuket fans were held hostage in Krabi stadium for hours after the match (click here for article).
The two sides have played in various friendlies over the last two years, none of which Phuket has prevailed. The last time Phuket got an advantage over the Andaman Eagles was in the 2010 Division 2, AIS Southern regional league, when Phuket won at home 2-1, having lost 3-2 in Krabi that same season. Phuket went on to win the league that year and finish as runners up in the national level playoffs for promotion to division 1.
Krabi won the Southern division 2 league the following season (2011), finished 4th of the division 2 promotion playoffs, and last year played their first season in the YL1 season, of which they finished 6th, compared to Phuket who finished 13th.
In the current rankings, Phuket are slightly better off in 5th place with 19 points, 9 behind league leaders Air Force United; Krabi are in 8th place with 17 points.
All previous results considered, Phuket Head Coach Paniphon “Tu” Kerdyaem says he is confident in his side tonight.
“Team spirit is starting to come back, and I want everyone to forget the nightmare that has passed,” he told Thai media syndicate, Siam Sports.
“The players, staff and administrative board have all united into a single unit in order to achieve Phuket’s goal of getting promoted to the Thai Premier League. Therefore, I want everyone to forget the past and turn to focus on tonight’s match against Krabi, which we need to win in order to get back on track,” he said.
Team dismisses two key players
Some more bad news that Islander fans will need to get over is a decision by the team to release two of its skillful Thai players, with the club in the process of ending the contracts for veteran defender, #4 Nonthapan “Berm” Jiensathawong and recent signing, #23 Kritsada “Por” Sakeaw.
According to the Thai sports media syndicate, Siam Sport, the two idol-like players will be dismissed for “being undisciplined”.
One of Phuket FC’s managers, Niwat Nuisa-nga told Siam Sports that “Both of these players are definitely not in the team’s plans anymore.
“As for Nonthapan, he has not been disciplined and broke rules of the club. We’re preparing to send him back to his original team, SCG Muang Thong United [top side in the Thai Premier League].”
Mr Niwat said that this would be finalized by the second half of the season, or after 17 fixtures of the 34-fixture season.
He went on to explain that due to an injury early on in the season, Por has been unable and unwilling to join the team on any training practices for nearly five weeks now.
Early in the season, the skilled midfielder had scored two goals, making him the team’s joint third top scorer, along with Ivorian defender, Nenebi and French Midfielder, Doumeng, who trail Georgian striker, Giorgi Tsimakuridze (3 goals) and Phuket’s latest Brazilian sensation, Luiz “Dudu” Purcino (6 goals).
Moreover, Por was also named man-of-the-match in at least three matches this season, that the Gazette is aware of.
“Even though he gives the excuse that he is injured, we’re going to let him go because he doesn’t show the same spirit as several other players such as Dudu and Niran Panthong, who, although suffering from injuries, still join our practices.”
Other YL1 matches to be played tonight are as follows:
- 11 Trat FC vs 9 Gulf Saraburi
- 2 PTT Rayong vs 15 Rayong FC
- 6 Korat vs 4 Port Lions
- 3 Bangkok FC vs 12 Khon Kaen FC
- 14 Royal Navy vs 17 TTM
- 10 Nakhon Pathom Utd vs 13 Si Racha
- 1 Airforce Utd vs 7 BBCU
- 18 Ayutthaya FC vs 16 Rayong Utd
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— Steven Layne
‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people
On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.
From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.
The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.
One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.
There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.
This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.
This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.
The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations
PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com
In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.
But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.
Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.
In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.
The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.
By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.
Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.
You can read the full list HERE.
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works
The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.
The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.
The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.
Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.
As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.
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