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ASEAN footballers in Belgium: Nguyen Cong Phuong, Kawin Thamsatchanan and who else?

ASEAN footballers in Belgium: Nguyen Cong Phuong, Kawin Thamsatchanan and who else?

Nguyen Cong Phuong was present in Sint-Truiden (Belgium), but there are still 4 other representatives of Southeast Asian football there.

Nguyen Cong Phuong was present in Sint-Truiden and watched the match of this team with Gent. Before the 24-year-old striker arrived in the land of Chocolate, Belgian media showed the excitement about the arrival of the first Vietnamese player to compete in the country's highest tournament.

ASEAN footballers in Belgium: Nguyen Cong Phuong, Kawin Thamsatchanan and who else?

However, in Belgium, the former striker Hoang Anh Gia Lai is not the only representative of Southeast Asian football. Because there are 4 stars below him:

Kawin Thamsatchanan (Thai nationality, competing for OH Leuven)

Coming to OH Leuven club in the second division Belgium, the No. 1 goalkeeper of Thailand can not find the main catch rate. In the first season (2017/18) he was only able to catch two matches in the official tournament and eight in the play-off tournament. And the season has just ended here (2018/19), "Monster" of Thailand national football team also only started in 9 matches.

It was from the low level of playing at the club level that he returned to the ranks of the Elephants and brought disappointment to the fans at the King's Cup semifinals 2019. Surely we can not forget the error catch of Kawin after Nguyen Anh Duc's near-headed header led to the only goal to help Vietnam football team overcame Thailand at Chang Arena stadium at 2019 King's Cup. There, Kawin made a mistake, missed the ball and watched the ball go back into the goal.

Firza Andika (Indonesia, AFC Tubize)

Firza Andika is the talented defender of Indonesian football. He is 20 years old and has just signed a two-year contract with the Belgian third division AFC Tubize. Having been promoted to play for PSMS Medan in the season of 2018/19, Andika had 9 appearances to contribute 2 assists.

On June 30th, he signed a contract to transfer to AFC Tubize in the form of a free transfer. According to TransferMarkt statistics page, the price of Andika is 100,000 euros.

Firza Andika used to be part of Indonesia's U16, U19, U23 and promised to be a shining jewel of Indonesia in the future.

Those are two pure Southeast Asian players competing in Belgium. In addition, there are still two other players, Sandy Walsh and Dion Cools, who have two nationalities and one of them related to Southeast Asia. Sandy Walsh has two bloodlines, Indonesia and the Netherlands and has 6 years of playing with Genk and is currently playing for Zulte Waregem in the Belgian League.

Meanwhile, Dion Cools has two Malaysian and Belgian nationalities and has a massive trophy collection with Club Brugge with two championships for the Belgian League, twice winning the Belgian Super Cup.

Thus, considering the purely Southeast Asian demand, Nguyen Cong Phuong is a player who is fortunate to play in the highest ranked tournament in Belgium compared to Kawin and Andika. This is considered a driving force and pressure for the Vietnamese striker.