Azkals make Thai exodus

Originally published by Tribune


Members of the national men’s football team are now headed to the Thai League after their campaign in the AFF Suzuki Cup last year.


Philippine Azkals mainstays Patrick Reichelt, Amin Nazari and newcomer Jesper Nyholm are tipped to see action abroad after inking deals with several clubs in the top-flight Thai football league.

Reichelt and Nazari joined the exodus of Filipino players in Thailand as they signed with PT Prachuap FC, while Nyholm will be suiting up for powerhouse Muangthong United this coming 2022 season.


“New chapter, new challenge! Let’s go PT Prachuap FC,” Reichelt said after the club’s unveiling of its newest players.


Although the Philippines suffered an early exit in the prestigious biennial football showpiece, the three booters shone during the country’s campaign abroad.


Both Reichelt and Nazari bagged two goals apiece, trailing behind tournament top scorer and naturalized Filipino striker Bienvenido Maranon with four goals.


The 33-year old Reichelt recently left Suphanburi FC due to club restrictions, while Nazri bid goodbye to four-time Philippines Football League champion squad United City FC.


The Filipino-Swedish Nyholm, meanwhile, displayed stellar defensive prowess during his Azkals debut which later on earned him a contract with Muangthong.


It will be Nyholm’s first-ever stint in Asia as he previously played for AIK Fotboll and Djurgardens IF in Sweden.


Among other notable Filipino players in Thailand include veterans Amani Aguinaldo, Kevin Ingreso, Martin Steuble, Ian Ramsay, Dennis Villanueva, Bernd Schipmann, Joshua Grommen and Patrick Deyto.


“I very much look forward to this opportunity and thank you to the club for their trust. I am here to win games, and win the league with Muangthong,” Nyholm said.


“I’ve known about Muangthong from my teammates in Azkals and there is a strong respect and reputation given to Muangthong.”

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