After initially suiting up for the Thai League 1 club Chainat Hornbill in a friendly, former Davao Aguilas defender Marco Casambre was formally unveiled by his new club as its 2nd ASEAN player signing for the 2019 season on January 22.
It was initially reported that Casambre played in a friendly preseason scrimmage last January 12. Ten days later, his inclusion in the squad is now a done deal.
The acquisition has a potential to be a major coup for the Chai Nat Province-based club as Casambre is a 20-year-old footballing savant with his first senior cap for the Azkals earned just before turning 18-years-old when he impressed then national team head coach Thomas Dooley in the latter part of 2016.
This move also is a milestone of sorts as it makes Marco Casambre the first homegrown Filipino footballing talent to join a Thai League 1 outfit.
Before playing for Davao Aguilas which, unfortunately, have withdrawn its senior team from competing in professional football, Casambre has been a regular starter for Global Cebu where he was able to amass a significant amount of experience in the pro ranks, especially when the club competed in the 2017 AFC Cup and the Singapore Cup.
The 2019 season of Thai League 1 begins on February 22, 2019 and Chainat Hornbill will most definitely aim to improve by leaps and bounds from their previous season’s performance when they barely avoided relegation due to a better head-to-head record against Bangkok Glass [now known as BG Pathum United] as both ended their respective campaigns with an identical 42-points haul in the table.
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