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Lions in Thailand: Zulfahmi to dig deep for Chonburi win; Baihakki heads to Samut Sakhon

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Zulfahmi Arifin – Chonburi FC

Photos sourced from Chonburi Facebook

Things did not go according to plan for Chonburi FC and midfielder Zulfahmi Arifin when they took on Bangkok United FC in the Thai League 1.

At the Chonburi Stadium on Sunday, the versatile Zulfahmi deputised at centre-back but was unable to prevent the Bangkok Angels from racing to a 3-nil advantage in the first half as Putthinan Wannasri, Everton and Sanrawat Dechmitr all scored without reply.

The Sharks, who were determined not to go out with a whimper, clawed one back after the break courtesy of on-loan midfielder Bajram Nebihi in the 51st minute. But any hopes of a Chonburi comeback were extinguished when Bangkok’s Brazilian dangerman Robson restored his side’s three-goal cushion in the 82nd minute. Sharks midfielder Phanuphong Phonsa had the last say on things when he netted a late injury-time consolation as his side went down 4-2 to the title-chasing Bangkok Angels.

Following the defeat, Chonburi retain their position in the top half of the table in ninth. They have 39 points after 30 matches played and second-from-bottom Ubon UMT United FC this coming weekend.

Singapore international Zulfahmi will be eager to make things right again with a win over the Eagles.

If deployed in defence again, the 26-year-old can draw inspiration from his performance in the Lions’ recent 2-0 friendly win over Fiji. Zulfahmi was also deployed in defence, albeit at left-back, in the game and supplied the corner that led to Hariss Harun‘s opener.

Gabriel Quak – Navy FC

Photos sourced from Quak Facebook

Gabriel Quak will be hoping to step up to the starting XI this week against Chiangrai United FC after failing to come off the bench last Sunday.

At the Sattahip Navy Stadium, the Navy no. 22 had to be satisfied with a spot among the substitutes for the visit of PT Prachuap FC. Still, the relegation-threatened club managed to edge themselves ahead when Ivorian winger Amadou Ouattara popped up with a 17th-minute strike.

The lead did not last for long as Killer Wasp’s Guinean dangerman Lonsana Doumbouya hit back with the equaliser just before half-time. There were no more goal action in the second period as the match finished all square for both sides in a 1-1 stalemate.

Navy, who are stranded in the drop zone in 16th position, are scheduled to take on a jubilant Chiangrai United side – who booked their place in the Thai League Cup finals after overcoming Nakhon Ratchasima FC in Wednesday’s semis.

And ahead of the visit to the Singha Stadium, 27-year-old Quak chose to chill on Thursday evening with defender Kim Hyung-il. The Singaporean wing joined his South Korean teammate for a cup of coffee.

In addition, Quak doubled up as the local weatherman-in-residence as he shared a picture of the menacing overcast sky as he preps to make the trip up to Chiang Rai this weekend.