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ASEAN Roster: Zulfahmi out to win at Shahrel’s expense in Thailand; Thierry wary of Ramsay threat in Malaysia Cup

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As expected, Thai League 1 titans Buriram United FC clinched their second consecutive league title after seeing off Police Tero FC.

Brazilian Diogo was once again the dangerman for the Thunder Castles, rounding Silver Shields Dragons’ goalkeeper Nont Muangngam after running onto an Oswaldo’s pass in the tenth-minute for the lead. The 2-0 win was all but confirmed 16 minutes from time as defender Korrakod Wiriyaudomsiri popped up to score from the rebound after Osvaldo’s initial effort.

With three league games to spare, Buriram United have wrapped up the title and can now focus on the Thai FA Cup semis where they take on Sisaket FC in midweek before hosting Pattaya United at the weekend in the league.

But all eyes will be on the mouthwatering opening matchup between Chonburi FC and Nakhon Ratchasima FC with the league title done and dusted.

It promises to be intriguing battle with the Sharks and midfielder Zulfahmi Arifin keen to continue their winning ways after notching up their first win in three games against Ubon UMT United FC. However, the Swat Cats along with striker Shahrel Fikri will be standing in ninth-placed Chonburi’s way.

Who will triumph in this mini international rivalry between Singapore international Zulfahmi and Malaysia international Shahrel?

Meanwhile in the Malaysia Cup, Pahang FA was indebted to their own Singapore international Safuwan Baharudin in their quarter-finals first-leg tie with Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) FC.

The Lions midfielder popped up with an injury-time header to even out Southern Tigers’ opener from Gonzalo Cabrera for a 1-1 draw with all to play for in the second leg at the Larkin Stadium this weekend.

In the other cup quarter-finals, Thierry Chantha Bin and Terengganu FC hold the advantage over Iain Ramsay and Felda United FC going into their second-game.

The Turtles and defensive midfield honcho Thierry are holding a 2-1 lead from the first leg at Tun Abdul Razak Stadium, with the Fighters and midfielder Iain Ramsay desperate to put things right!

Can Filipino international Ramsay help the 2018 Malaysia Premier League champions past Terengganu and the ever-reliable Cambodian international Thierry?