Brunei star Faiq makes second start for Chonburi


Fadhil Yunous

Brunei Darussalam player Faiq Jefri Bolkiah completed a full match for Chonburi FC in a 2-1 loss to BEC Tero Sasana in the Hilux Revo Thai League 1 at Chonburi Stadium in Thailand last weekend.

The national winger was named in the starting line-up for the second time in his sixth league appearance for Chonburi FC since moving late last year.

Faiq, who missed Chonburi’s Thai League Cup win over Muang Loei United last Wednesday, took a wing position against team captain Kroekit Thaweekarn and formed a top three that included the striker Principal Yoo Byung-soo.

Brunei’s most high-profile football export caught the eye of team manager Sasom Pobprasert following his impressive form when he came on as a substitute in the previous match against Chiangrai United.

In a cameo role in the match, Faiq nearly opened his account for his new team after hitting the post largely thanks to his quickening pace and dribbling ability.

Faiq Jefri Bolkiah of Chonburi FC in action during the match against Chiangrai United. PHOTO: CHONBURI FC

The 23-year-old tried to register a third assist in his career by passing the ball to Kritsada Kaman, but the striker’s first shot was stopped by Chiangrai goalkeeper Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool.

The visitors took the lead through Yodsak Chaowana whose effort was initially called off on suspicion of offside. However, the referee allowed the goal following a video assistant referee (VAR) review.

The hosts equalized through Gidi Kanyuk’s free-kick, but Arthit Boodjinda – who spent time with Chonburi on loan in 2019 – came back to haunt his former side with the injury-time winner.

The Sharks, who were second at the start of the month, slipped to fourth in the table after a second straight league loss coupled with rivals BG Pathum’s victory over Chiangrai United.

Faiq and his teammates will be looking to bounce back in their next league clash against Suphanburi on February 20.

Meanwhile, former DPMM FC defender Charlie Clough watched his current side Nakhon Ratchasima FC lose 2-1 to Khon Kaen United on his return to the team since serving a suspension for his deportation against Prachuap.

Clough and his team will meet Cup giants Uthai Thani in the Thai FA Cup quarter-finals at Uthai Thani Province Stadium tomorrow.

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