The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Oju Group
The Phuket News Phuket Sport
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World  | Surf Report  | Predictions XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Farewell to a legend

FOOTBALL: Phuket FC’s longest standing player and captain of three years, Yusuke Sato, is finally hanging up his boots as far as Thai football goes and saying farewell to the team.

football,


Matt Pond

Thursday 15 September 2016, 01:58PM


Having first signed for the club back in February 2013, when Phuket Provincial Administration Office (OrBorJor) chief Paiboon Upatising was club president, Sato has seen the club go through several identity overhauls and coaching changes.

But now at the age of 34, the centre-back from the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan is finally calling it a day and returning home in the hope he can still get first-team action with a Japanese club.

Speaking to The Phuket News this week, Sato said that he feels he has done as much as he can for the now Andaman Dragon, and having made 124 appearances, scoring 13 goals, that his time here is finally up.

“I want to return to Japan now and play in my home country. I’m 34, and although it’s quite old for a centre-back I should still be able to get signed by a Japanese club, although I’m not sure at what level that will be,” he said.

“I didn’t talk to Phuket FC’s management about signing a new contract for next season. I explained to them that I wanted a new challenge. They accepted my explanation,” he added.

Sato made his mark as a Phuket FC legend along with fellow centre-back Sylvestre Nenebi Tra, and has been a vital part of the team in every season he has played. He was often among the goal-scorers, and in fact, was the team’s top scorer in the 2014 season when they played in the Toyota League 1 scoring six goals.

“That was a great season for me personally, but for the club it was a fight for survival from relegation towards the end of the season,” he said.

Sato went on to say that he has both good and bad memories with the club, some relate to how seasons finished.

C and C Marine

“I have a lot of good memories from playing with Phuket FC, but the best has to be in the 2015 season and we played against Nakhon Pathom United FC.

“This game was my 100th appearance for the club and many friends celebrated this occasion with me. This is one moment I will never forget,” he said.

“But there were also some bad moments too, not so much bad, I should really say disappointing. And the most disappointing moment was being relegated to Division 2 at the end of the 2015 season,” he added.

Sato had initially planned to play for Ang Thong United that season, however, he changed his mind at the very last minute and returned to play under the new president MaAnn Samran.

Fans are sure to be sad at Sato’s departure, and he also feels the same way, but he wanted The Phuket News to pass on his thanks to the club and the fans.

“I want say thank you to the Phuket FC fan clubs, they always gave me so much support. Yes, I am leaving Phuket, but please don’t forget me. I will never forget you too.

“My four years with Phuket FC have been amazing and they are years I will certainly not forget. Thank you, and good luck for the future Phuket FC,” Sato said.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:

Comments Left: Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail: (No Hotmail, Live, MSN and Outlook accepted at this time)
Security:
   => Forget password?

mdixon | 15 September 2016 - 18:02:14

Very sad news personally and for Phuket FC. Enjoyed watching you and very best wishes for your future.Will be missed I'm sure.

The Phuket News
Matches 1 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Safety the priority not money, says commander of Tourist Police

All transport boats for passengers such as speedboats, ferries and tour boats should be banned with benzine engines. According to Marine navigation, ...(Read More)


Safety the priority not money, says commander of Tourist Police

Urgently, we need to have a "Merchant Marine Training Centre" in the Andaman Sea instead to have only one in Samut Prakan for the whole Thai...(Read More)


Former Phuket Democrat MP files complaint against Chalong Underpass construction

The 'construction' started October 2015. Let that be clear written in stone! All Officials talk since October 2015 have to be proven not to b...(Read More)


Former Phuket Democrat MP files complaint against Chalong Underpass construction

Finally some high level thai politician comes out about Chalong underpass. Very good. Disappointing is the smile of the Governor on the photo and his...(Read More)


Parrotfish catching in Phuket lands six French nationals in hot water

This whole fish affair is smelly. Who informed that officials about this fishing? I smell corruption. Officials were notified, not see it themselve...(Read More)


Parrotfish catching in Phuket lands six French nationals in hot water

How about the Thai long Tail boat owner? Was he charged by facilitating foreigners to fish illegal? The 6 foreigners were passengers. Why the thai...(Read More)


Four ‘lenders’ to be grilled over Prawit’s watches

Worldwide, in high class watch shops (Also in BKK, not in thai villages) multi million Baht watches during sales are registered by serial number. It ...(Read More)


Parrotfish catching in Phuket lands six French nationals in hot water

Heavens alive ! Fine them the maximum and deport them. Do they come on Vacations or destroy nature and environment of other Countries.There are deep s...(Read More)


Safety the priority not money, says commander of Tourist Police

Is the top government brass of Phuket panicking because of the Next month visit of NLA? Here a little help: -beach management: bad -Transportatio...(Read More)


Sex-toy scene film shoot on Khao San halted

Sounds like the police and tourism department didn't mind pocketing "fees" to allow this, then they respond with righteous indignity whe...(Read More)

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2018 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.