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PHUKET: In their dedicated drive to get promoted to the Thai Premier League (TPL), Phuket FC have regrouped mid-season, signing 10 new players to help them in the final 17 matches of the Yamaha League One (YL1) 2013 season.

The new signings include seven Thais, a Brazilian, North Korean and Cameroonian.

The club has not made any official announcements about outgoing players.

The season’s first half had a disappointing conclusion for the Islanders, who were unable to remain in the top five, losing at home last Saturday evening to Nakhon Ratchasima FC, and thus swapping 6th and 5th place standings.

That tense match’s only goal was scored by the visitors’ Japanese striker and leading scorer, Yusuke Kato, who netted his ninth goal of the season.

That goal put Kato into joint third for the YL1 golden-boot race, at heads with the Port Lions’ Brazilian stalwart Leandro Oliveira and Bangkok FC’s Swede sensation, Carl Watson.

Also continuing to make a name for Bangkok FC, Brit Lee Tuck (12 goals) is on track to claim the top scorer honors for the second year in a row, while Khon Kaen’s Argentine Recio Eduardo, along with Nakhon Pathom’s Ivorian, Camara Souleymane are joint second with 10 goals each.

Meanwhile, Phuket’s top scorers – Luiz “Dudu Purcino (6 goals), Giorgi Tsimakuridze (4), Geoffrey Doumeng (3), Ivorian Nenebi Sylvestre and Thai Chana Sonwiset (2 each) – are all hoping to regain their rhythm in the season’s final 17 matches, but have some fresh team building challenges ahead of them.

Although 6th placed Phuket are only 4 points behind 3rd place, Bangkok FC (29 points), competition for the final promotion spot to the TPL is heating up with a handful of teams in the mid-table region still in contention.

Meanwhile, the top two teams, Air Force (40 points) and PTT Rayong (36 points) should not have too much trouble maintaining their momentum towards the TPL.

Sixth place Phuket will be challenged for their league position at their home, Surakul Stadium yet again (click here for map), tomorrow, Saturday, July 6, with a tough match-up against 7th placed Big Bang Chula United FC (BBCU).

Although the BBCU Pink Panthers also have 25 points, Phuket’s goal difference of +5 gives them an edge over BBCU (0).

Kickoff will be at 6:30pm. Tickets 100 baht, kids free.

Team Re-Building

Headlining Phuket’s new signings is Ludovick Takam, a Cameroonian striker on loan from TPL side, Police United.

Ludovick has played for various professional Thai clubs including Pattaya United (72 caps/31 goals), Chonburi (11/2) and Insee Police Friends (AKA Police United).

Before coming to Thailand, he played in Singapore’s prestigious S Leage for Balestier Khalsa FC (53 caps/ 35 goals) and Home United FC (32/19)

Phuket’s other nine new signings are as follows:

Watchara Keriaram (transfer from Ang Thong FC); Wacharapong Suthidee (TTM); Sukree E-tae (Chonburi), Aleef Po-ji (Bangkok); Christian Alex (Cruzeiro EC); Chakrapong Somboon (Army); Koset Kerdsuk (Si Saket); So Kum-sol (Muang Thong); Chatchai (Rayong Utd).

All YL1 Fixtures this Weekend:

Saturday, July 6

  • 6 Phuket vs 7 BBCU 6.30pm @ Surakul (1-1 draw in March)
  • 18 Rayong Utd vs 14 Si Racha
  • 10 Gulf Saraburi vs 15 Navy
  • 8 Trat vs 12 Khon Kaen
  • 4 Port Lions vs 11Ayutaya
Sunday, July 7
  • 1 Airforce Utd vs 17 Rayong
  • 9 Nakhon Pathom vs 13 Krabi
  • 16 TTM vs 2 PTT Rayong
  • 3 Bangkok vs 5 Korat
Other Phuket FC fixtures in July
  • July 10 Away FA Cup vs Muang Thong Utd
  • July 13 Home vs PTT Rayong
  • July 20 Away vs Bangkok FC
Division 2 South Fixtures

Saturday, July 6
  • 4 Pattalung vs 5 Surat 6pm
  • 11 Ranong vs 3 Phang Nga 6pm
  • 6 Yala vs 9 Nakhon Si 5.30pm
Sunday, July 7
  • 2 Chumphon (15/30) vs 1 Nara Utd (14/31) 5pm
  • 7 Trang vs 8 Satun 6pm
  • 10 Pattani break
TPL Fixtures

Saturday, July 6
  • 6 Army vs 2 SCG MTUTD
  • 8 Chainat vs 18 Si Saket
  • 14 Ratchburi vs 11 Osotspa Saraburi
  • 17 Pattaya Utd vs 15 Samut Songkhram
Sunday, July 7
  • 13 Bangkok Utd vs 12 Police Friends
  • 10 TOT vs 16 Chiang Rai
  • 3 Suphan vs 1 Buriram
  • 9 Bangkok Glass vs 7 Songkhla
  • 4 Chonburi vs 5 BEC Tero
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— Steven Layne

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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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