Leo? Say Yeah! Port Face Swatcats in Preseason Tournament


Forget Mickey Mouse competitions like the ACL – this month there’s only one cup that counts, and that’s the annual preseason Leo Cup! Port kick off their Leo Cup campaign this Thursday against T1 opening day opponents Nakhon Ratchasima, with the winners to face Japanese club Cerezo Osaka at home on Sunday.

Previously it had been announced that, with Port hoping/expecting to travel to Tokyo next week in the 3rd qualifying round of the ACL (in a staggering display of hubris, they were already selling limited edition shirts in the club shop last night), the reserves would be playing in the Leo Cup. But following last night’s defeat to Ceres Negros, one suspects they will now use the tournament to prepare for the T1 campaign. After last night’s 247 missed chances, a bit of shooting practice seems sorely needed.

You can follow all the Leo Cup action on True4U and of course The Sandpit will be reporting on all Port’s games – let’s hope there’s more than one of them this time!

Leo Cup 2020

Port FC vs Nakhon Ratchasima FC

Thursday 23 January 18:00 at PAT Stadium


Tim Russell

Tim Russell

The founder and editor of The Sandpit, Tim has been in SE Asia since 2003 and in Bangkok since 2012, where he runs a travel tech business. Tim has followed Port FC since 2014, and is also a fan of his hometown club Coventry City, and French club AS St-Etienne. He has written for the likes of Football365, ITV.com, NME and The Quietus, and is a regular contributor to God Is In the TV. He's a keen photographer and his work can be seen on his website.

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