Chonburi have to get it right (May 07, 2008)


Thailand Premier League champions Chonburi FC need to beat Japan's Gamba Osaka of Japan in the AFC Champions League at Supachalasai stadium today to stay in contention for a quarter-final berth. Gamba, who have 10 points, lead Group G with two games remaining. Chonburi have five, South Korea's Chunnam Dragons four and Melbourne Victory three.

Only the top team of each group progress to the knock-out stages.

Chonburi coach Jadet Meelarp said his team will go for all-out attack for three points and the strike force will be led by Brazilian striker Ney Fabiano who will play his last match for the Sharks before going to Australia.

Cameroon's Jules Baga, who has had a good run in the AFC Champions League, will also be in the squad but may not start.

Chonburi manager Annop Singtothong said if his side win he will give them 300,000 baht in bonus right after the match.

Gamba coach Nishino Akira said his starting line-up will feature three Japan internationals _ Yasuhito Endo, Ryuji Bando and Akira Kaji _ and two Brazilian strikers.

He said the heat will not be a problem for his team as he thought it was hotter.

''Chonburi are a strong team and although we are five points ahead of them we must not underestimate them,'' he said.

The match kicks off at 7.30pm. Tickets are priaced at 100 and 200 baht and are available at the stadium from 4.30pm.