FA Cup champions Port hope for impressive ACL debut
After her team's triumph in the FA Cup final on Saturday night, Port chairwoman Nualphan Lamsam has promised to put in all-out effort to make an impressive debut in the 2020 AFC Champions League.
Port edged Ratchaburi 1-0 in the title showdown at BG Pathum United's stadium thanks to a second-half strike by Sergio Suarez.
The win gave Port a place in the second play-off stage of next year's ACL where they could face either Melbourne Victory (Australia), Kedar (Malaysia), Tai Po (Hong Kong), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) or one of the two first-phase winners.
"We will try to do our best as one of the Thai teams in the ACL. We promise to put everything into it," said Nualphan.
The official draw of the ACL play-off battles will be made at the end of November with Port taking the field on Jan 26.
Nualphan hailed Port's victory in the final as a "great achievement".
"We had to wait for 10 years for this title. We last won the FA Cup in 2009," she added.
"We had to struggle a lot to get to the final and I am really grateful to our fans who packed the venue in Pathum Thani and also those who watched the game on a giant screen at our stadium in Klong Toey. I also appreciate the hard work put in by our players and coaching team comprising Choketawee Promrut, Jadet Meelarp and assistant coach Sarawut Treephan.
"This [Nov 2] just happens to be the day we were promoted to the top flight of the Thai leagues in 2013.
"It is a great achievement for us as team."
Nualphan also thanked the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) for using video assistant referee (VAR) in the final for the first time in the history of the FA Cup, saying: "It worked well."