Ex-champs Kirins acquire trio of talented midfielders

Ex-champs Kirins acquire trio of talented midfielders

Muang Thong's new signings, from left, Picha Autra, Pooming Kaewta and Chatmongkol Thongkiri.
Muang Thong's new signings, from left, Picha Autra, Pooming Kaewta and Chatmongkol Thongkiri.

Former Thai League 1 champions SCG Muang Thong United yesterday unveiled three new players in an effort to plug in the void created by the departure of a number of big names from the club.

The Kirins were in seventh place when the top league was halted after four rounds of matches due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

They have six points from two wins and as many losses.

Muang Thong have opted to strengthen their midfield by signing two 24-year-old stars -- Picha Autra and Pooming Kaewta -- from Samut Prakan City.

Their third signing is Chatmongkol Thongkiri, a 23-year-old midfielder, who is on loan from Port.

Muang Thong director Ronnarit Suewaja hinted that Chatmongkol was handpicked by Kirins coach Alexandre Gama.

"Chatmongkol is a rising star. We had been observing him for a long time. He is a good and strong player who is much admired by our head coach," Ronnarit said.

"For Picha and Pooming, it is like a homecoming as they both are products of our academy. They have improved their skills a great deal with a number of clubs.

"I am sure they [Picha and Pooming] will be a good addition to our midfield but they will have to fight for their places in the starting line-up."

Chatmongkol said: "I am here on a one-year loan deal but that won't prevent me from doing my best for Muang Thong United. I am here to prove myself to everyone."

Picha and Pooming also promised to make an effort to become integral parts of the team's starting line-up.

Thai League 1 is scheduled to return to action on Sept 12.

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