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My All-Time Port XI: Andy Hailstone

 

Having won the F.A. Cup last season, and with no football happening right now, it seemed a good opportunity to take stock of my Port watching experiences dating back to the last F.A. Cup win in 2009 and come up with the best combined team that I have seen over those years and later inevitably the worst combined team too.

Some of this took a great deal of effort and painful recollection, and numerous re-jigs and re-writes as a better or worse player either lit up or plopped into my consciousness. If you know me and my endless incoherent ramblings, you may be expecting the best team to consist of only one player, namely; Moudourou Moise! And yes, I would be interested to see how a team of Moises may function in each position, for example; Moise passes out from the back into midfield where Moise nonchalantly collects it and loops a diagonal ball up front, where Moise controls it effortlessly on his muscular chest and hammers it home, that makes it 5-0, with Moise getting all of them. But, spoiler alert, he is in the team but there are 10 lesser mortals with him too, and also the team could almost be called balanced too.

As all the best teams line up in a traditional 4-4-2 formation, this is what I have gone for. The team includes only players I have watched play and was impressed by, and would obviously be unbeatable.

So, here goes-

GK – Chanin Sae-ear

2014
35 appearances

 

 

We got him on loan from Chonburi and he really truly seemed like a real goalkeeper, you know one that did things like saving the ball, catching, kicking, not looking like a 12-year-old, didn’t have a chronic inner ear infection leading him to repeatedly fall over for no apparent reason, or being made out of balsawood. He did really well for us and was a pleasure to watch, I would really have loved to have seen him sign with us permanently but sadly the evil that is Chainat signed him up permanently instead and we have had a series of unsatisfactory keepers ever since, I would have him back between the sticks in a heartbeat. The other choice could have been Ulrich Munze but his antics playing for Esan United against us in 2013 rather soured the memory of him, despite me meeting him at an away game and him being a nice guy.

RB – Nitipong Selanon

2016-present
108 appearances, 4 goals

 

 

It took me a while to decide that actually we have never had anyone as good as Nitipong at right-back, I kept thinking of other players but no, they have failed to fly at Nitipong’s rarified heights. Many haven’t been close to rivalling all the things that Nitipong does so well and so energetically, I was reminded of the Prakasit era, but he for some reason always reminded me of a poor man’s Gary Neville, tidy and sensible yet unspectacular but with a nice side parting and a teenage boy’s attempt at facial hair, Seeket’s loan period was good, and he was decent enough but didn’t stay very long. So, it would seem that Nitipong rules and is probably one of the most valuable players we have and he is so ridiculously consistent, and being consistently good is a pretty good thing to be.

CB – Moudourdou Moise

2009-10
58 appearances, 4 goals

 

A Port FC legend. and Moise.

 

In my head he had at least 1,000 appearances and almost an equal amount of goals, and I still think he could probably do a job for us now, despite the genuinely competent array of centre backs we have now (excluding Tanaboon) who are pretty darn good, it would be great to see him on the bench as a powerhouse option. I have spoken to some fellow Port fans who claim that they saw Moise make mistakes in games and that maybe he wasn’t as amazing as I claim, but remember they’re nothing but god-damn liars. LIARS, I tell you!

CB – David Rochela

2015-present
86 appearances, 17 goals

 

 

I will be honest I have had periods where I didn’t think much of Rochela, his languid style didn’t always wash with me and I know many Port fans have championed him throughout his time with us, but now he has really grown on me over time, much like mold. Taking penalties always helps a player’s goal scoring record but he always seems the epitome of calm and poise and that bizarre shunting him out the squad last year to make way for Tanaboom, only makes me realize just how good he is for us. Him and Dolah or Todsapol are a good pairing and one that on the whole inspires confidence. Much more than any of his predecessors and for this reason he’s in the best 11.

LB – Kevin Deeromram

2018-present
50 appearances, 5 goals

 

 

I realise that I have both our present fullbacks in the best 11 and that may seem like I can’t actually remember anything beyond what I have just seen, but I do genuinely think that Kevin is one of the best players we have had in this position, it seems to me all parts of his game tick boxes for me, and as far as I can remember only two other left backs really stick in my mind; Ittipol and Pongpipat, who were (in my opinion) god awful, I mean like really awful, totally awful, like the worst awful you can imagine. There was a left back we signed in 2012 who played into the 2013 season called Narongrit, who I rated, but he doesn’t hold a candle to young Kev!

RM – Ekkapoom Potharungroj

2010-11, 2015-7
78 appearances, 10 goals

 

 

This spot could have easily gone to any of Ekkapoom, Ekkachai or Sarawut. Ekkachai misses out due to his success at Buriram and tragically I am a sad bitter little man. Sarawut misses partly because I couldn’t find anything about him on the internet and so think maybe I imagined him and partly because despite his best efforts (which I may have imagained) I remember many promising situations falling apart as he seemed to always fall over running to the byline (seemingly from exhaustion) while failing to put in a good enough cross, he also (possibly) often played as a (unconvincing) makeshift striker too. But on to Ekkapoom who regularly excited fans with his effort and commitment and maybe skill too, at times. His second spell with us wasn’t quite as good as his first, when he deserted us for Muangthong, but then had the decency to score an own goal for his in a 4-1 defeat at their place, which was sadly marred by their fans throwing objects down on the port fans, leaving the less violent contingent of fans to watch the remainder of the match in the area next to the stands, while other fans attempted to get up to where the Muangthong medieval-esque defenders of the stadium were located. Still a good player though.

CM – Kiatjaroen Ruangparn

2005-16
104 appearances, 10 goals

 

 

A player of great longevity for us, even if he did seem to be on the verge of leaving us on several occasions. In fact, there was one rumour (I think) at one point during the Big Ben ownership debacle that stated it was the actual Port Authorities that employed him, not the club. Which created amusing images for me of him in a shirt and tie, doing some photocopying, making some coffee, doing a bit of filing while wearing his footie shorts and boots just waiting for training to start. He is and was one of the few players I have ever considered getting his name and number on a shirt. Such was his class and ability, he was rarely outfought, always seemed to be in the right place at the right time to do the right thing. And doing so while also having to contend with needing to cover for the whichever of the contractually required South Koreans that we had “filling” the space next to him in midfield at that time. A club Legend for me.

CM-Siwakorn Jakkuprasat

2011-12, 2015-present
123 appearances, 13 goals

 

 

 

A player who over time I have come to appreciate, like broccoli and cauliflower. He started off, seeming to be the one of angriest of players we had and seemed to be perpetually on the verge of launching a mindlessly silly or leg-breaking challenge despite only appearing to weigh 6 stones. Thankfully he has grown up and blossomed in a fantastic player who is creative and really makes our play tick with his intelligent passing. He really is one of the more important players in the team and has now mastered how to tackle without it being a guaranteed yellow. If he could stamp out his perchance for trying to referee the game, I could fully embrace him as much as Peter does. We can overlook his time at Muang Thong as forgivable, as didn’t really do much there (if I remember correctly), due to what he now does for us game in game out.

LM – Steven Robb

2011-3
49 appearances, 5 goals

 

 

Robb is a very interesting case, he was a true western player, schooled in the arts of how westerners play football and for that reason was both a breath of fresh air for our team but was also a tragic wasted opportunity. I can’t remember the number of games that I watched where he was either in acres of space waiting for the ball to be switched to him only then not receive it, much to his clear and obvious frustration. Or he would play an intelligent raking diagonal ball to space only for the player to totally misread the ball and not be anywhere near it, making Robb just look odd. I remember one game (T.O.T. away) especially where he had Mongkol as the left back and the level of frustration was clear as Mongkol, instead of playing the ball forward or out wide to Robb, would continually turn back inside and play a short ball to the centre midfielders, it’s amazing really that Robb played as often as he did as he really didn’t seem to fit in with how we played at all. He was also a really nice guy who I chatted with on at least three separate occasions (yes, at least three, quite the name dropper aren’t I) and the insights he offered up about Thai football were either breathtaking, bizarre, shocking or deeply depressing. What he told me about the finances was chillingly alarming. It would have been great if it had worked out better for him, and there are probably other choices for his spot, he will always be a legend for Port for me.

FW – Leandro de Oliveira da Luz

2013-4
36 appearances, 34 goals

 

Four more Port legends

 

Here is a player that I have both been thrilled and excited by but also annoyed and despairing about often, on occasion, at the same time. His ability made him a justifiable hero to the Port fans and the things he did on the pitch were extraordinary and routinely unroutine-like. It was a pleasure to watch him score amazing goals which defied belief in games that mattered. But it was also his ability to wind up opposition players with a dexterity and skill few could match. When Leandro played against us in 2016 for PTT Rayong, and was up against our then Brazilian dabbler of the dark arts; Cunha, it was like watching a chess match between two grand masters as to see who would be superior and be able to roll over more times after feigning an injury from a nothing tackle, or who could remonstrate with the ref more vigorously over an imaginary elbow to the head. And despite his not playing for us I felt he outclassed Cunha in his ability to rile up the opposition (us) and make Cunha lose focus. I think it is fair to say that clearly Cunha would have killed him if he had been able to really get hold of him, but that only made Leanadro’s effort more impressive.

FW – Rodrigo Maranhao

2016-17 (sort of)
31 appearances, 10 goals

 

 

This one may be a strange choice due to all the other amazing foreign or Thai strikers we have had over the years, like …………….. erm ……………. errrrr ……………. you know …………. er what was his name again? …………. erm. Mmmmmmm maybe not so strange after all, I genuinely thought he was a quality, underutilized and underused player for us, and he was really exciting to watch. I also think he was very cruelly treated and utterly disrespected which also helped to show what utterly shambolic recruitment strategies we have for planning a coherent team. Again, how many times have we seen worse players come in late in a transfer window (possibly on a whim) only for the better players we already have to then be shunted out the team, and often out the registered playing squad while bizarrely still be contracted to the team with just the potential of cup games dangled in front of them as if that somehow makes things ok. We let go a really talented striker who I think would have done great things for, but mismanagement and interference meant we never saw the best of Rodrigo.

 

Thanks Andy! Want to tell us your favourite Port XI? Email us!

 

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Tim’s Transfer Talk: ‘Berty Booster?

 

Welcome to the latest Sandpit transfer rumour roundup, and we have three zingers for you today. The first one concerns T1 goal machine, Brazilian-Timorese forward Heberty Fernandes. Reports in the Thai press suggest that the prolific scorer is poised to join Port on a season-long loan from rivals Muangthong, at a head-spinning salary of 2mBHT per month. Ye gods.

 

 

 

Heberty has an extraordinary goal record in the Thai top flight. After a 3-year spell at Ratchaburi, in which he netted 65 goals in 90 games, he moved to Muangthong in 2017 (after almost signing for Port, who were then reluctant to pay his salary) where he scored 51 in 79. I would say he’d be a guaranteed goalscorer, but we know what a strikers’ graveyard Port is and the last time we signed a prolific Brazilian-Timorese striker it did not end well. There’s also the question of where Heberty would fit in. He’s not an out & out no9, more of a 10 or a winger, so either Suarez makes way so Heb can play in his AM slot with Josimar (or AN Other) up front, or he gets shoehorned into a position in which he’s not entirely comfortable, and as we know from experience at Port, the latter is far more likely. But whatever happens, his goal and assist record suggest he’d be a cracking signing, which would both strengthen Port and weaken one of their rivals.

On the subject of strikers, we hear that Josimar picked up an injury in training this week which could see him out of action for the next 5-6 weeks, so the chances of Port moving for a big name striker just shot up. Which is where our next rumour comes in. You may want to sit down for this one, but Port have been linked with former Arsenal & Juventus striker Nicklas Bendtner. Before you get too excited/angry (depending on your views on one of football’s more colourful characters), bear in mind that the only substance to this rumour is that Bendtner’s agent has been hawking his client around various clubs, and presumably Port were one of those who picked up the phone. Lord Bendtner may not be the most prolific scorer, but there’s no doubt that if he took a move to Thailand seriously he would probably have a field day against Thai defences, though given his penchant for nightlife he may find Bangkok somewhat distracting, and he’d be ill advised to continue his hobby of assaulting taxi drivers given that the local cabbies are generally very sensitive to criticism, tooled up, and ripped to the tits on M-150. File this one under ‘almost certainly won’t happen’.

 

 

Our final rumour concerns perennial Sandpit rumour Thitiphan, recently returned to Bangkok Glass following a successful year-long loan at J-League club Oia Trinita. The Thai press are claiming that Port have struck a swap deal involving the chunky midfielder and left-back Kevin Deeromram. This would be a shame, as in my opinion Kevin is one of the most talented players at Port and, on his day, the best LB in the league, and is the kind of young player the future of the club should be built around. That said, he is somewhat injury-prone, the arrival of Martin Steuble has made him somewhat more expendable, and with Pang seemingly positioning Port as the club of choice for Thai national team players, his less than enthusiastic attitude to playing for his country could also count against him. Whether Port need yet another midfielder is highly debatable, but there’s no doubt Big Thits would be a great signing and my Sandpit colleague Tom Earls would need a cold shower before every game if it happened. File this one under ‘highly likely’.

For the latest news on these and other rumours, keep watching this space!

 

The Sandpit Writers’ Awards 2018

 

This year, as well as our annual readers’ poll (which opened yesterday – don’t forget to vote!) we decided to add a new award voted for solely by the Sandpit’s editors & contributors – The Sandpit Writers’ Awards. Voting closed yesterday, and we’re delighted to announce the two winners…

 

The Sandpit Writers’ Player of the Year 2018: Nitipong Selanon

Like a Tour de France winner who grinds his way to the yellow jersey without winning a single stage (he didn’t win one single MOTM award all season), Niti impressed our writers with his incredible consistency. Where Port’s more feted stars can be worldbeaters one week and invisible the next, Niti delivers week-in, week-out and never, ever gives less than the proverbial 110%. All the players we talk to tell us he’s the hardest trainer at the club and very professional & ambitious in his attitude, and you can see that in the progress he’s made since 2016. Well done Niti!

 

 

The Sandpit Writers’ Young Player of the Year 2018: Kevin Deeromram

If there’s one player who’s been the biggest difference between Port 2018 and Port 2017, it’s the 21-year old Swede. Last season left-back was Port’s biggest problem position, with Jadet inexplicably preferring the creaking Panpanpong to the young ex-Buriram defender Yossawat; but the night before the first game of 2018, Port pulled off the transfer coup of the season, snatching Kevin from under the noses of Muangthong (many news outlets had already announced him as an MTU player), and after an impressive debut against Pattaya he’s made the LB position his own. Like Panpanpong he’s great coming forward; unlike Panpanpong he can also defend and get back into position quickly when Port lose possession. His performances may have tailed off a bit late in the season, but he still did enough to impress our writers.

 

 

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Kevin Deeromram: Used To Be A Swede Boy

 

Kevin Deeromram will be the focus of my next detailed look in to a Port player. The Thai-Swedish full back joined Port in a shock 40 million baht move from Ratchaburi FC on transfer deadline day. His arrival at Port was such a surprise as all of the rumours suggested he would be joining rivals Muangthong, but by rejecting the SCG and choosing PAT Stadium, Kevin became an instant Port favourite.

The move already looks to be a masterstroke, with Kevin replacing perennial weak link Panpanpong at left back, adding what could be the final piece to Jadet’s jigsaw. In just his second game for Port – against the team he rejected on deadline day – Kevin upstaged his opposite number and national team regular Peerapat Notechaiya, putting in a barnstorming performance in defence and attack, while his opponent capped off a miserable evening with an own goal.

Still just 20 years old, Kevin is showing all the signs that he will go on to have a sterling career at club and international level.

 


 

Kevin hails from Haninge, a suburb of Stockholm, where he was born to a Swedish father and a Thai mother in 1997. His football career began with Djurgardens IF, whose youth setup Kevin joined in 2011. By 2014, 16 year old Kevin had impressed enough to get his first international call-up, representing Sweden at u17 level under the tutelage of Roland Nilsson, a former Coventry player and manager.

 

 

Kevin scored twice and notched 5 assists for Djurgardens u21s in 2014, and while I was looking at his stats I noticed that he had crossed paths with compatriot and former Port player Niran Hansson. Kevin recorded an assist as Djurgardens defeated IF Brommapojkarna 2-1, with Hansson being subbed off at half time.

 

 

Kevin was playing almost all of his games at left back, with the occasional appearance on the left wing, and continued to chalk up impressive numbers in 2015, scoring a further 3 goals.

In February, Djurgardens opted to extend 17 year old Kevin’s contract for a further two years, but send him on loan to Werder Bremen II with the aim of getting him some more competitive experience. Kevin played a bit-part role for the German side, making 9 appearances and scoring one goal as Werder Bremen went on to clinch the Regionalliga Nord.

 

Kevin playing for Werder Bremen II

 

Djurgardens opted not to extend Kevin’s loan in Germany, instead sending him to Swedish second tier team Åtvidabergs FF in 2016. Academy director Tommy Davidsson explained: “Playing on loan for another team is nothing new to Kevin, who was loaned to Werder Bremen in the fall of 2015. There was very tough competition, and for a young player it is extremely important to play matches which makes Åtvidabergs a good starting point.”

 

Kevin playing for Åtvidabergs

 

Kevin was also continuing his development with the Swedish national team, who promoted him to the u19s, for whom he would go on to play 6 games. It was at club level that Kevin really got going though, playing 25 games for Åtvidabergs in 2016 and getting six assists as his club went on to finish sixth in the Swedish second tier.

Kevin was apparently garnering the attentions of a few different clubs as his contract with Djurgardens came to an end, but despite numerous contract offers in Sweden he chose his mother’s homeland and Ratchaburi FC to be his next stepping stone. Kevin signed a one year contract with an option to extend a further three years. Thankfully, he arrived too late to face Port in their opening day clash, which ended in a 1-1 draw, but the rest of the league weren’t so fortunate. Kevin scored a goal and racked up an impressive eight assists, convincing new Thailand manager Milovan Rajevac to include him in his first squad.

 

Keving playing for Thailand

 

Kevin went on to play 61 minutes in a team of fringe players including fellow Port newbies Nurul and Bodin, and although they slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Uzbekistan, both goals came after Kevin had already been subbed off.

 

 

Kevin’s final game of 2017 would be Ratchaburi’s 3-2 defeat to Port, although with both teams in mid-table the game was effectively a dead rubber. Presumably at about this time Kevin agreed to extend his contract by a further three years with Ratchaburi, because I find it hard to believe that even Port are mental enough to spend 40 million baht on a player who is out of contract.

 

Kevin playing for Ratchaburi

 

We don’t know exactly what happened on deadline day between Kevin, Port and Muangthong but what we do know is that one of Thailand’s most promising youngsters has been signed on a 4 year deal on a salary of 400,000 baht/month. If his career path to date and his performance against Muangthong are anything to go by, Port should have done a good bit of business!

 


 

Finally, for those wondering what to expect from Kevin in terms of his playing style, we turn to his interview with Fox Sports.

I see myself as a wingback and I like to be very offensive. My defence is not the best, more in the offence and I always like to be involved and make assists.”

 

Kevin playing for Port

 

Here’s to Kevin doing just that in Port colours for many years to come!

 

A New Career in a New Town: Rating Port’s Debutants

 

Following a close season of lavish spending, Port took to the field against Pattaya on Sunday with three debutants, and another two coming on as subs later in the game. So how did the new boys fare on their first day in the office? Here’s our verdict…

 

Dragan Boskovic

The big Montenegrin striker with a beard you could hide a badger in came with a huge reputation and a price tag to match, and so expectations were sky high – and the Bosk probably exceeded them. He’s more than just a striker and was frequently found dropping back to midfield or moving out to the wing looking for the ball and creating chances for teammates – his interplay with Nurul in the second half was electrifying.

But scoring goals is what Dragan does best and he can’t have scored too many better than his debut effort for Port. In the 44th minute he picked up the ball on the left, ran into the box at high speed, pretended to overrun the ball, bamboozled two Pattaya defenders with some nifty footwork, and then fired an absolute thunderbastard of a shot into the far corner, before celebrating in front of a packed terrace – an unfamiliar experience for him after 3 seasons at Bangkok Utd.

DEBUT RATING: 5 stars

 

Nurul Sriyankem

The Thailand international also arrived with a hefty price tag, and before the game the talk was of how Jadet could accommodate both 2017’s top assister and Port’s own king of the assists, Pakorn, in the same team. He tried, Nurul starting on the left whilst Pakorn began on the right, but it wasn’t until the second half when the pocket rocket from Chonburi switched to his favoured side that we saw him at his best.

With incredible pace, lovely technique and a very low centre of gravity Nurul is a defender’s nightmare, and he gave Pattaya’s defenders a torrid time, winning a host of free kicks and drawing yellow and red cards, as well as creating Port’s second goal (his shot was saved and rebounded to Suarez) and striking up an early understanding with Boskovic. He was my MOTM and looks like one hell of a signing.

DEBUT RATING: 5 stars

 

Bodin Phala

In years to come, Port fans will be boasting that they were there when the young ex-Port Futsal player made his debut. Given just 15 minutes to make his mark, having replaced Pakorn from the bench, he grabbed the chance with both hands and made himself the main post-match topic of conversation.

After crashing a shot against the post with his first touch, he then took on free-kick duties and curled in a sublime Ronaldo-esque effort in the last minute to give Port a 3-0 win and close out the game, before celebrating by doing the funky chicken in front of Zone C. A brief debut, but he crammed more into those 15 minutes than last year’s left-wing substitute Tana has managed in two seasons.

DEBUT RATING: 5 stars

 

Kevin Deeromram

The young Thai-Swede only joined on deadline day and so hadn’t had much preparation time with his new teammates, but with only Panpanpong and Jetjinn for competition he went straight into the first team and didn’t disappoint. Like Panpanpong, Kevin likes to get forward and has a cracking cross on him (his 7th minute free kick almost led to a goal for Todsapol); unlike Panpanpong he doesn’t require a motorbike taxi to get him back into position and he fulfilled his defensive responsibilities admirably.

It was a solid, unspectacular start for the defender, which is exactly what you want from a left-back, and a rare clean sheet for Port was testimony to the fact that we no longer have a weak link at the back.

DEBUT RATING: 4 stars

 

Terens Puhiri

The inch-high Indonesian had a flash symbol shaved into his head in readiness for today’s game, ready to delight his army of Indonesian (and, increasingly, Thai) fans. Sadly The Flash only got a couple of minutes and didn’t get a touch, though he’d have been away if Boskovic had picked him out late in the game. So it would be unfair to give him a rating, but his proximity to the first team suggests we’ll be seeing a lot of him in 2018.

 

 

 

Tom’s Transfer Talk: Kevin!

 

Port made two shock deadline day signings, addressing two key weaknesses in the squad and showing once again that a push for the top 5 is not out of the question this season. Kevin Deeromram was rumoured to be on his way to Muangthong, but in a dramatic last minute switch opted for Port instead, while Worawut Namdech joined on a loan deal from Chiang Rai.

In an action-filled day there were also two loan departures, with Bajram Nebihi finally losing out in his duel with Sergio Suarez and being loaned to Chiang Rai, and left back Yossawat Montha moving to Ubon after being relegated to fourth choice left back by the arrival of Kevin Deeromram.

 

Kevin!

 

Headlining for Port on deadline day was Kevin Deeromram. You’ve heard us prattle on ad nauseam about how much of a liability incumbent left back Panpanpong is, and we’d more or less resigned ourselves to continuing this ranting and raving throughout 2018, and then… Kevin!

What makes the arrival of the 20 year old Thai-Swede even sweeter is that he was rumoured to be on the way to Muangthong, before opting for Khlong Toei instead at the last minute. He’s only been here 5 minutes and is already trolling the Muangscum. What’s not to like?!

This lad is undoubtedly one of the most talented young players in the country. He represented Sweden at youth level, then after joining Ratchaburi in 2017 switched allegiances to Thailand and in just one season played for the under 23s and then became a full international. He also impressed for Ratchaburi, notching up 1 goal and 8 assists in 28 appearances.

 

Loan Star

 

Worawut Namdech won’t be well known to too many T1 fans after making just 8 league appearances in 2017 for Chiang Rai and Sisaket. He did make his name in the SEA Games though, captaining the Thai under 23 team to victory and conceding just 1 goal in 7 games along the way.

He probably arrives at Port below Rochela, Todsapol and Dolah in the central defensive pecking order, but there is every chance that the promising youngster could force his way in to the team if he performs well in training.

His arrival also probably means that Thanakorn Saipanya, who had not yet been registered in the T1 squad, will drop down to T4 to play for Port B in 2018.

 

Byeram Nebihi

 

 

Poor Bajram. What could have gone wrong did go wrong. Apparently Port thought they were signing a striker when they brought him in, and he had no idea that the foreign player quota was already filled. Then there was a lawsuit involving a former agent to complicate matters even further. Ultimately, despite some impressive pre-season performances, Nebihi never managed to move ahead of Suarez in Jadet’s estimations, and then Just when it looked as if Nebihi would be doing a Maranhao and kicking his heels for 6 month, Chiang Rai forward Gilbert Macena suffered a season-ending injury and Nebihi was quickly drafted in on loan as his replacement. Could Port yet regret letting him go to a team who should be our close rivals this season while we have only one back-up striker on the books? Only time will tell.

 

Port’s Yoss Ubon’s Gain

 

 

Did we just feel like we had to make up for sending poor old Ubon Wuttichai earlier in the transfer window? Possibly. This loan deal for Yossawat should make up for it, anyway! Poor Yossa was third in the left back hierarchy before Kevin arrived, so sending him packing was sadly inevitable. Hopefully he gets more first team chances in Ubon than he did at Port.

 

Essomb-Eh?

 

 

Confusion surrounds Marcel Essombe’s current contract situation after the Cameroonian’s work permit issues cost him his move to Police Tero. It’s not known exactly what prevented the striker getting his paperwork in order for 2018, but Police have made a late move to replace him, and it is thought that his contract with Port may have also been cancelled. Hopefully the big man manages to find a team soon, and doesn’t have to spend too much time in Chaeng Wattana. We wouldn’t wish that on anyone!