Bali hitman Sylvano Comvalius announces Thailand move

Dutch striker Sylvano Comvalius, the top scorer in the Indonesia Liga 1 this season with Bali United, has confirmed he will be playing in Thailand in 2018.

In a post on his official Instagram account, Comvalius announced he has signed a two-year contract with Thai League 1 outfit Suphanburi.

His move comes after it was revealed last week that he would not be extending his stay at Bali, despite helping them to a runners-up finish in the inaugural Liga 1 campaign and qualification for the AFC Champions League playoffs next year.

“After a great season where I’ve given everything to Bali United, I have decided not to renew my contract,” said Comvalius on the club’s official website last Friday.

“This is a difficult decision for me and my family but after the talk with Mr. [Yabes] Tanab [CEO of Bali], we have decided that this is the best decision for my career.

“Bali will be my second home and I hope the door will always be open for me to come back.

“Thank you to Mr. Yabes and [club owner] Pieter Tanuri for giving me the opportunity to play in Indonesia.

“Thank you also to all the players, coaching staff and everyone who has worked hard for Bali United towards our remarkable season.

“Thanks also to all the Bali United supporters and, no less importantly, thank you for the beauty of Indonesia. I have so many happy memories from people who have shown love throughout the country.”

While Suphanburi are yet to officially announce the transfer, they do have a host of foreign slots to fill after reportedly parting ways with all five of their imports for 2017.

With genuine firepower in attack a real problem for the Elephants this past season, they will be more than happy to welcome a striker with Comvalius’ record.

The towering forward blessed with deadly finishing fully displayed his predatory instincts with Bali as he racked up 37 goals in Liga 1, which was 13 more than the next highest scorer in Mitra Kukar’s Marclei Santos.

Further reports suggest that there was also interest in Comvalius from Malaysia Super League outfit FELDA United but that the Dutchman passed up on that offer in favour of Suphanburi.

Photo credit: Bali United FC

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