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The Swatcats are set to take part in the 2019 Preseason Leo Cup. They start their campaign on the 12th January V Nong Bua.

You may remember that the Swatcats reached the final of this competition last year - losing out to Muang Thong in the final.

This year the competition has been enlarged to include 16 teams with the addition of 4 ASEAN teams.


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The Swatcats lost 2-0 in today's friendly against Si Saket. Look who was playing for Si Saket.


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Cheers TW. Miss the Swatcats action.
MMmmmm - that's a certain Dominic Adiyah methinks . .
I bet that the Swatcats finish above Sisaket next season  ;)
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I certainly hope we finish above Si Saket Roger - they are in Tier 2!! Hope Dominic has a successful season.


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Nice pic of the boys at yesterday’s friendly.

No Chalermpong as he is with the National Team’s squad.

Newcomer Bernard Cedric Doumbia (Henri) is third from left on back row and Amadou Quattara is third from left on front row.


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2019 Season Preview

With the 2019 preseason Leo Cup only a week away (tournament starts on 12th Jan, Swatcats’s first game 13th Jan), it’s time to look forward to the Swatcat’s prospects in the Premier League this season.

I certainly am more optimistic about the coming season than I was at this time last season. With coach Milos Joksic promising a more attacking approach and a top 7 finish, things are looking bright for the upcoming season.
The acquisitions of midfielder Amadou Quattara and striker Bernard Cedric Doumbia (Henri) adds further evidence of a step forward for the team. Building on last year’s defensive strength with this bolstering of the team’s attacking options, suggests that this could be a breakthrough season for the team.

Nakhon Ratchasima FC have been sensibly and sustainably building during its 4-year tenure within the Premier League with sound mid table positions becoming the norm but now the team is at an important crossroads - does the team invest in quality players and attempt to procure a top six position or is the club content with a sustainable and highly respectable mid table obscurity?

I tend to think that the latter option is the way forward. We will never compete with Buriram, Muang Thong, Bangkok United or Port. Simply put, these teams have the financial resources to fill their teams with high quality players - and best of luck to them. We can however compete within the next echelon of 4 or 5 teams and this should be our target.

The club is currently investing heavily in its Youth Academy and that bodes well for the future but unless we discover a rich “sugar daddy” our chances of advancement into being a top Thai side are limited. Currently coach Milos Joksic is doing a fine job with a mediocre squad of players and I suspect that if he were given the right tools, the sky would be the limit.

So mid table is our lot. I am happy with this scenario and my view is that relegation will not be on the agenda - perhaps with a few lucky breaks, we may even break into the top six !!


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Thanks TW. I'm hopeful about the new signings and let's hope for more attacking football next season - AND a top 6 place   ;D

Any idea when the 2019 TPL fixtures will be released ?
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The fixtures will be released as per usual at the last minute....then modified. Rest assure I will post them as soon as they are announced. Hoping to meet up with you for Rayong/Chonburi matches Roger.


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Yes I'll be up for that TW - now the principle is established with 'er indoors.

But what about Trat ?   ;)
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Thai FA sack coach Rajevac after 4-1 humiliation by India in Asia Cup.


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The Swatcats kick off their Leo Cup campaign on Saturday 12th January when they take on Tier 2 side Nong Bua Pitchaya FC.

The game kicks off at 1800 hours and will be shown live on channel True4U.


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Don't forget. Swatcats V Nong Bua live on True4U at 1800 hours TODAY.


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Leo Cup: Nong Bua FC 0 NRFC 2

 Rather fortunate victory for the Swatcats. Good effort by Nong Bua, they will do well in Tier 2 this season.


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Leo Cup

The Swatcats will take on Port FC in the next round of the Leo Cup on Tuesday15th January, KO 1800 hours, TV coverage True 4U


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Leo Cup

FT NRFC 1 Port 0. Comfortable passage into next round of Leo Cup against rough house Port.

The Swatcats will now play an ASEAN team (Phnom Penh Crown?) on Saturday 19th February - more details to follow later.


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Based on last night's performance, Amadou and Henri are going to cause T1 teams loads of problems this season.


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The Swatcats will commence their 2019 campaign with a visit to newly promoted PTT Rayong on Saturday 23rd February.


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