Ampaipitakwong earns Thailand call-up

Buriram United midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong has been called up to the Thailand squad for next Wednesday's friendly against Laos.

Celebration time for the Thai-American!

By staff

The 24-year-old only joined Buriram in June but has already forced his way into coach Attaphol Puspakom's first-team plans, and scored in Wednesday's 1-1 draw against BEC Tero Sasana in the Thai League Cup quarter-finals.

And his impressive displays have also not gone unnoticed by Thailand coach Winfried Schafer, who has named the Thai-American, who was born in Texas, in his 25-man squad to face the Laotians next week.

Ampaipitakwong will be joined by six other Buriram team-mates, including star midfielders Suchao Nuchnum and Jakkraphan Kaewprom, while striker Teerasil Dangda, who is currently the top scorer in the Thai Premier League with 17 goals, is one of seven Muangthong United players called up.

However, Schafer has not called up anyone from Chonburi or Bangkok Glass, as both sides are scheduled to face off in a Thai League Cup clash next Tuesday, paving the way for Prayad Boonya and Rattana Petch-Aporn, of Thai Division 1 League leaders Ratchaburi, to be included.

With the AFF Suzuki Cup just two months' away, many of Thailand's fringe players will be looking to impress against Laos in a bid to win a place in the final squad, including Police United striker Thana Chanabut and Chainat midfielder Sumanya Purisai.

Thailand squad (to face Laos on September 12)

Goalkeepers: Sivaruck Tedsungnoen (Buriram United), Kawin Thammasatchanan (Muangthong United), Kosin Hembut (Army United)

Defenders: Theerathon Bunmathan (Buriram United), Prayad Boonya (Ratchaburi), Piyaphon Bantao, Panupong Wongsa, Weerawut Kayem (all Muangthong United), Nataporn Phanrit, Prat Samakrat (both BEC Tero Sasana), Niweat Siriwong (Pattaya United)

Midfielders: Suchao Nuchnum, Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Jakkraphan Kaewprom, Jirawat Makarom (all Buriram United), Datsakorn Thonglao, Pichitpong Choeichiu (both Muangthong United), Rattana Petch-Aporn (Ratchaburi), Sumanya Purisai (Chainat)

Forwards: Suriya Domtaisong (Buriram United), Teerasil Dangda (Muangthong United), Tana Chanabut, Surachart Sareepim (both Police United), Kirati Keawsombat (Wuachon United), Napat Thamrongsupakorn (Samut Songkhram)

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