This Sunday's match is an FA Cup Round of 64 battle with Phatthana Nikhom City. The FA CUP is an annual competition in which all Toyota Thai League T1 clubs go up against teams drawn from T2, T3, university and college squads, and the T5 Amataeur League. The FA cup offers a path to a championship for many clubs and a boost to their development. The eventual FA Cup winner is placed into the AFC Champions League.
SCG Muangthong United
Coach Mario Gjurovski has signalled the intention to bring trophies back to the SCG Stadium. Said Gjurovski, “This club is meant to be on top, it’s what fans demand, and it’s what I want to bring back.”
For tonight’s match it is expected we will see many of the younger players who moved into the first team this season from the club’s academy. SCG Muangthong United has committed itself to developing talent. Young academy guns such as Sundy Wongduree (#13), Porament Arjvirai (#20), Korrawich Tasa (#8), and
right back Wattanakorn Sawatlakhorn (#30), amongst others, should be out to impress Coach Mario with some “beautiful football” and perhaps earn a spot in the first team rotation.
Phatthana Nikhom City
Today’s opponents are Phatthana Nikhom City, based in Lopburi province, a couple of hours north of the SCG Stadium. In 2019 the club competed in the “T5” division, which is the “amateur league” set up to develop talent across the country. In 2020 the T5 league was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and for the sunflower team the FA Cup is a chance to test their mettle against some of the best in the country.
Player Profile - #16 PATCHARAPOL (Peem) INTHANEE
Date of Birth: 12-OCT-1998
Place of Birth: Surin, Thailand
Patcharapol, age 22, is one of the top academy players, having been picked up by the club at age 11. He’s featured in a few first team lineups this season and is expected to start tonight. Patcharapol has also played for Thailand with the U21 and U23 squads.
Said Darren Read, Academy Director, “Peem has shown good maturity and is known for his tenacious style of play, and possesses good quality in possession and offers nothing short of 100% in training and games making him an all round performer. He is a good example for the next generation of academy players to look up to, and proof that hard work and dedication creates opportunities for a progressive career.”
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