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Fangs for the Points: Port FC 4-1 Samut Prakan City

 

 

Top of the league and spirits were at a high level as the boys took the field at PAT Stadium. Coming off an impressive win last Saturday night, an unchanged eleven had the confidence to go out and do it again versus local “rivals” Samut Prakan City FC (established in 2019 after being stolen from Pattaya).  

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Kim to Go, Go to Come

 

The Sandpit has been sitting on the Port transfer story of the winter for the last couple of weeks now, awaiting the nod from those involved to go public. The story hit the Korean media yesterday and has now reached Thailand so here goes (although the club have yet to officially confirm it): Port have signed former Buriram midfielder Go Seul-Ki!

The big box-to-box midfielder joins Port from the Isaan club after spending 2018 back in his native South Korea on loan at Incheon Utd. 32-year old Ki has an AFC Champions League medal from Ulsan Hyundai, as well as two TPL medals, a Thai FA Cup medal and two Thai League Cup medals from his time at Buriram. Port have apparently fought off five other Korean clubs who were after his services for next season, so it’s quite a coup.

Along with the signing of Bangkok Utd midfielder Sumanya, it’s an exciting deal for Port – Ki is pure quality and adds a bit of steel to a midfield that has looked very lightweight these last couple of seasons. And if 2019 is indeed Madame Pang’s final season, it’s clear she intends to leave with a bit of silverware.

Ki’s arrival means that one of the club’s existing foreigners has to make way, and we believe that will be his fellow Korean Kim Sung Hwan, who will leave on loan, with Suphanburi having been mentioned as a possible destination. Kim had his moments last season but was way too inconsistent, and there’s no doubt that Ki is a massive upgrade. Exciting times for Port fans!