Muang Thong snap up Ekanit

Muang Thong snap up Ekanit

New Muang Thong player Ekanit Panya poses at the Thunderdome Stadium.
New Muang Thong player Ekanit Panya poses at the Thunderdome Stadium.

Thailand forward Ekanit Panya has joined Muang Thong United from fellow Thai League 1 side Chiang Rai United.

The 22-year-old, who signed a four-year contract with Muang Thong, was unveiled by the Kirins yesterday.

He is the club's first signing in this transfer window ahead of the new season which begins next month.

"Book [Ekanit] chose us although a number of top clubs wanted to sign him," said Muang Thong director Ronnarit Suewaja.

He said Muang Thong coach Mario Gjurovski is a big fan of Ekanit, who plays for both the senior and U23 national sides.

"We have the same target of taking Muang Thong to success," Ronnarit said.

Ekanit, who will wear the No.7 shirt at Muang Thong, said: "Muang Thong are a great club and have a lot of good players. I will work hard and do my best to bring success to the club."

The diminutive star, who stands 1.68m tall, has played seven times for the senior national team.

The Kirins have won the Thai League 1 title six times and finished fourth last season.

Cardozo joins Beetles

BG Pathum United confirmed yesterday that defender Victor Cardozo has completed a loan move to Chiang Rai United for the upcoming season.

The 32-year-old Brazilian arrived in Thailand for the first time in 2015, signing up for Ubon UMT, and later went on to play for Chiang Rai and PTT Rayong in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

In 2020, Cardozo joined Pathum and led the club to the 2020-21 Thai League 1 title. He finished that season as the Rabbits' top scorer with 15 goals.

He was named the foreign player of the year by the Football Association of Thailand in 2020.

In the 2021-22 season, Cardozo helped BG win the Thailand Champions Cup and played a pivotal role in the club's historic run to the last-16 round of the AFC Champions League.

Cardozo has made 60 appearances in all competitions with BG Pathum, scoring 17 goals.

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