Japan's Masami gets top job at Chiang Rai United

Japan's Masami gets top job at Chiang Rai United

Taki Masami has been appointed coach of Chiang Rai United, the Thai League 1 champions announced yesterday.

The Japanese coach succeeds Ailton Silva, who left the club after guiding the Beetles to their first ever Thai League 1 title in October.

Masami is not new to Thailand as he coached Thai Honda FC which were dissolved this year.

He is also a former coach at Japan's Cerezo Osaka Academy.

Apart from trying to steer Chiang Rai United to retain the Thai League 1 title, Masami will also have to take charge of the team in the AFC Champions League where they are in Group E with Beijing FC and two play-off winners.

Meanwhile, FA Cup champions Port FC have signed seven players, including striker Heberty Fernandes, club chairwoman Nualphan Lamsam said.

The other six are Chatmongkol Thongkiri, Jaturapat Satthum, Thanasit Siriphala, Kannarin Tawornsak, Natthawut Sombutyotha and Thanakorn Dangthong.

Brazilian Heberty, one of the most prolific strikers in the history of Thailand's top flight, joins Port, who finished third in Thai League 1 last season, on loan from Muang Thong United.

Nualphan said she hoped the new players will help make Port stronger to challenge for the Thai League 1 title next season.

In another development, Thai League 1 club PT Prachuap yesterday unveiled three new players -- Brazilian striker William Henrique from Chiang Rai United, the Philippines' Iain Ramsay from Sukhothai and Soukaphone Vongchiengkham from Chainat Hornbill.

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