Pichate set for Thailand soccer election (01/05/2011)

Pichate Munkong officially confirmed his candidacy for Football Association of Thailand presidential election on May 6.

Pichate, who is former Thai Port FC chairman, will be up against current FAT chief Worawi Makudi.

"I am ready to challenge for the FAT president on May 6," announced Pichate during a press conference at Port's PAT stadium yesterday.

Pichate said what he's seen from the 36 years working in the Thai football circle has prompted his decision.

"I have been working for the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) for 36 years and have been working as the deputy secretary general for a year," said Pichate. "The FAT progress has been slow for the past 30 years. The management is still the same. I think it's time for new approaches, new ideas. We need changes. And I believe my experiences can help develop Thai football," he added.

Pichate vowed that, if elected, his priority is to bring back the SEA Games title.

"My initial goal is to get our national team to win the SEA Games gold medal again. If we cannot do that, I'm ready to quit the post immediately."

Eight-time champions Thailand were knocked out in the first round of the 2009 biennial tournament in Laos. It was their first early exit for 36 years.

He also stated he favours a local coach when it comes to the national team. "Our national coach must be a local. Thai coaches have lots of potential. There's no reason why we have to use foreigners," he added .

Source : http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/sports/233913/pichate-set-for-thailand-soccer-election