goodmorningpapua.com – Samuel Balinsa, a midfielder for the Papua PON team, is now the newest Papuan player having the opportunity to prove his talent in the Thai League.
From the news circulating, Samuel Balinsa has received an official contract from the Thai League’s second tier club, Lampang FC, with a duration of six months.
The 22-year-old player also uploaded a photo on his Instagram account when he reposted another Papuan player, Yanto Basna.
Through this upload, Yanto Basna, who is now also having a career in the Thai League, uploaded a photo which was indicated to be related to Samuel Balinsa’s move to Lapang FC.
However, until now there has been no official news from Lampang FC regarding the recruitment of the former Papua PON champion squad player.
If it is true that Balinsa joins Lampang FC, he will continue in the footsteps of his senior from Papua who had already started a career in Thailand.
Some players from Papua are often ogled by Thai League clubs. Unfortunately, there are names that have failed to play in Thailand due to problems.
The following is a range of players from Papua who have a career in the Thai League.
1. Yanto Basna
Yanto Basna is a Papuan footballer whose career in the Thai League has lasted to this day.
The 26-year-old defender has started his career in the White Elephant Country competition since 2018 when he joined Khon Kaen FC.
At that time, he was recruited from Sriwijaya FC. After playing for almost a year with Khon Kaen FC, Yanto Basna was subsequently transported by another Thai League club, Sukhothai FC.
In early 2020, he continues his career with the Thai club. This time the new port is PT Prachuap FC.
However, until now there has been no latest news regarding Yanto Basna’s contract even though his term of service has expired as of January 1, 2022 ago.
2. Todd Rivaldo Ferre
The talented attacking midfielder from Jayapura, Todd Rivaldo Ferre, also had a chance to taste the Thai League competition when he was recruited by Lampang FC.
At that time, Todd Ferre was on loan from Persipura Jayapura because the League 1 competition was stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
For four months playing with Lampang FC, Todd Ferre’s progress is actually quite promising. Because he had scored a beautiful goal for the Thai League second caste team.
Unfortunately, now the 22-year-old talented player is dealing with a big problem since he was sentenced to a 12-month ban by the PSSI Komdis.
Todd Ferre was judged guilty for protesting loudly and excessively to the referee. He got angry and hit the referee accompanied by harsh words.
3. Titus Bonai
Titus Bonai actually has the opportunity to become the first Papuan player to play in the Thai football competition in 2012.
At that time, Titus Bonai, who performed impressively with Persipura Jayapura, received an offer to play with BEC Tero Sasana.
Unfortunately, BEC Tero Sasana decided to cancel the transfer because Tibo, Titus Bonai’s nickname, never returned to Thailand.
In fact, at that time the transfer market in the White Elephant Country competition had almost entered its final period.
The general manager of BEC Tero, Robert Maurer, said that his party canceled Tibo’s contract as the player did not return after returning to Indonesia.
At that time, Tibo had to go home to take care of the International Transfer Certificate (ITC) which was the main condition for the transfer of international players.