ThaiBev delivers promised FAT cheque

Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmuang, left, and Surapol Utintu. PR

Thai Beverage Plc has delivered the second installment of its pledged 100-million-baht grant to the Football Association of Thailand (FAT).

ThaiBev external coordinator Surapol Utintu met FAT president Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmuang and presented a cheque worth 10 million baht yesterday.

Pol Gen Somyot said: "I had conveyed it to ThaiBev and our other sponsors last year that Thai football cannot be developed in a year or two, and we would need their support on a long-term basis to succeed.

"I am happy the ThaiBev officials agreed with me and committed themselves to supporting us to the tune of 100 million baht over 10 years. This is the second payment we have received from them.

"It is a good project and reflects positively on their commitment to develop sports in the country."

Surapol said: "Chang International Co Ltd has set up the War Elephant Foundation to help national football for 10 years, paying a sum of 10 million baht each year.

"The FAT can use the money to lay foundations for the future generation of footballers because the association has set itself the target of reaching the World Cup finals within next 20 years."

"We must give a preference to young players because they carry our hopes for a better future. We should start them young, train them well and ready them for the future challenges," he added.

Meanwhile, Chonburi FC trounced relegation-contenders Thai Honda 5-0 in a Thai League 1 match on Wednesday night.

Prince Amponsah scored two goals for hosts Chonburi in the sixth and 58th minutes and Renan Marguez also enjoyed a brace, finding the net in the 19th and 65th minutes.

The fifth goal was gifted to Chonburi by Thai Honda defender Meedej Sarayuthpisai, who guided the ball into his own net.

Chonburi coach Therdsak Chaiman said: "We played quite well, but still made mistakes which we need to address.

"We must be consistent with our form."

The top two divisions of the domestic league are taking a one-month break to allow the country's senior and U22 squads to prepare for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

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