Rayong eye victory over Swat Cats

Rayong eye victory over Swat Cats

Gjurovski calls it a day

Rayong striker Diouf Bireme.
Rayong striker Diouf Bireme.

Top flight first-timers Rayong FC are hoping to pick up their first victory when they host Nakhon Ratchasima in the second week of Thai League 1 matches on Friday.

The match will kick off at 8pm at Rayong Province Stadium.

Both teams lost their opening games of the season last weekend when Rayong were beaten 2-0 by Chonburi in an eastern derby and Nakhon Ratchasima suffered a 4-1 rout away at Port.

Rayong head coach Chusak Sriphum is expecting a tough game against the Swat Cats.

"We are playing at our home ground so we must get three points from this match, but it won't be easy," said Chusak.

"We do have some good players. Tiago Chulapa has been with the team since last season and we have an experienced striker like Diouf Bireme who has played for Thai League 1 clubs Trat and Chainat in the past.

"We played well in the last match but had problems scoring goals. We lost because we don't have much experience at this level and Chonburi are a strong team with a long history in the top league.

"We are new on this stage but we will try our best. We are ready for the game with Nakhon Ratchasima."

Nakhon Ratchasima coach Teerasak Po-on is determined to make amends for the hammering his team suffered at the hands of Port last week.

"We didn't start the new season well but it has only made our players hungry for success," said Teerasak.

"Our key players Leandro Assumpcao, Chalermpong Kerdkaew and Dennis Murillo are ready for the match, but we're still struggling to find the right combination.

"We will definitely be aiming for three points in this game, but at this point, I'll be satisfied if we can grab a point from this away match."

High-flying Port will host Samut Prakan City tomorrow while defending champions Chiang Rai United face Suphanburi, Buriram United play at Chonburi and PT Prachuap meet BG Pathum United.

Gjurovski calls it a day

Former Muang Thong United midfielder Mario Gjurovski has officially announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 34.

"It is time to say goodbye. I have played in many countries and also represented Macedonia before moving to Thailand. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in this country," said Gjurovski.

Besides Muang Thong, Gjurovski also played for True Bangkok United and Bangkok Glass (now BG Pathum United) in Thai League 1.

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