The Fire Dragons impressed the former England manager and stunned the home crowd at I-Mobile stadium when they took the lead after just five minutes. Buriram defender Jirawat Makkrarom’s poor clearance allowed Brazilian striker Cleiton Silva to slot the ball home from close range. The Thunder Castle equalised through Thai-American Anthony Ampaipitakwong after 62 minutes.
Buriram United’s Anthony Ampaipitakwong received his first call-up to the national side yesterday when the Football Association of Thailand announced the squad for a friendly with Laos next week. The Thai-American midfielder is among coach Winfried Schaefer’s 25 players for the Sept 12 warm-up match which is part of Thailand’s preparations for the AFF Suzuki Cup in November. Also in the squad are two players from first division side Ratchaburi Mitrpol, Prayat Boonya and Rattana Petcharporn.
Anthony said: “I am very excited to get an opportunity to play for the national team. I am looking forward to it. I want to play as playmaker or attacking midfielder like I do at Buriram.”
A former player of the US U17 side, Anthony moved from Major League Soccer team San Jose Earthquake to Buriram United in the second half of the current TPL season.