Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Thailand trio finally get invitation from Man City

English Premier League club Manchester City has finally confirmed its invitation to three Thai players, Teerasil Daengda, Kiatprawut Saiwaeo and Suree Sukha, to trial with the club. The owners of Chon Buri football club, where Kiatprawut and Suree are under contract, recently said they had not been contacted about the issue and even Football Association of Thailand President Worawi Makudi, who was involved in negotiations, had said he had no fresh news to offer.

"We got the formal letter from Manchester City. The job now is to prepare documents for the boys so that they can apply for visas. We're also planning to send national team coach Chanvit [Pholchivin] along with them during the trip," Worawi told The Nation. The letter stated that Manchester City would take care of all the costs of the arranged trial, which is perceived as one of the gains accuring to Thai football following former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin's takeover of the club.

Central defender Kiatprawut, however, prefers a move to Japan, where Chon Buri's ex-trainer, Withaya Laohakul, coaches Division 2 side Tori Tori. "It's a good opportunity to train in England. However, we have to accept the fact that it would be very difficult to get on the field. Withaya has continuously contacted me to join him in Japan. I'm more interested to go East rather than West, as it's better to play rather than sit on the bench," said the 21-year-old. "In Japan, besides the opportunities to play, the salary is also good. I would earn as much as Bt200,000 per month. Suree and another team-mate Adul [Lhaso] might join me in Japan."

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