New season kicks off today (March 17, 2007)


Royal Thai Army's clash BEC Tero Sasana at the Army stadium is the pick of the first day fixtures in the Thailand Premier League this afternoon. The match will kick off at 4pm and will be televised live on Channel 11.

Army coach Col Amnaj Chalermchaovalit said his team were raring to get the new campaign started.

''Our team is ready for the opening match and our high level of fitness means our players will not run out of stamina,'' he said.

Ong-art Kohsinkha, BEC Tero manager, countered: ''We have been training for a long time and our team is ready.

''We can play for 90 minutes.''

''However, some of our pre-Olympic players did not have time to train with the team but I don't think that this will be a big problem.''

Coulibaly Kafoumba and Kambou Herve, who were born in Ivory Coast, will line up for BEC Tero alongside Thai national squad players Tawan Sripan and Pipat Tonkanya.

BEC Tero players will get a 3,000 baht bonus if they win their opening match today. FIXTURES

(4pm kick-off unless stated)

Tobacco Monopoly v Port (4pm); Nakhon Pathom v Royal Thai Navy (4pm); Honda FC v Police (4pm); Bangkok Bank v Krung Thai Bank (4pm); Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) v TOT (4pm); Chonburi v Suphanburi (6pm).