Chonburi will replace Suphanburi to compete in 2016 AFC Champions League preliminary round as Thailand representative, the club has confirmed.
Despite finishing in 4th place of 2015 Thai Premier League, Chonburi FC qualified to 2016 AFC Champion League preliminary round 2 instead of Suphanburi who failed to meet the AFC Club Licensing.
Asian Football Association (AFC) sent the official document to Chonburi FC to announce the right to play in 2016 ACL. Chonburi who finished 4th in TPL will qualify to the ACL preliminary round 2 to face Yangon United, the champion of Myanmar. The Sharks will represent as the 3rd team of Thailand after Buriram and Muangthong.
“For the 3rd team of Thailand in 2016 AFC Champion League , AFC informed us with the official document that Chonburi FC will has the right to participate in the competition instead of Suphanburi who finished 3rd but has the problem with Club Licensing.” said Jeerasak Jomthong, Chonburi director of marketing.
Suphanburi finished 3rd in 2015 TPL but failed to complete the AFC Club License on time. The War Elephants will not be eligible to play in any AFC competition at this state.