FC Phuket drew 1-1 away to Bangkok FC in the Division Two Champion's League on Saturday. It was the first match for the Southern Sea Kirin since their Ivory Coast midfielder Camara Ahmed suffered a heart attack during the game against Chairat last Saturday.
Camara is still in a coma although there were some signs of improvement on Friday when he opened his eyes for the first time since collapsing on the pitch at Surakul Stadium.
FC Phuket supporter's all wore white t-shirts with Camara's image printed on them and 5,400 Baht was raised which will go towards his medical costs.
The team lined up before kick off wearing the t-shirts and Camara’s brother was introduced to the crowd which contained a large contingent of African’s who had been asked to attend in tribute to the stricken star.
Teenage striker Adisak Kraisorn gave FC Phuket the lead with a simple finish after 31 minutes. Sarach Yooyen and Tawin Butrasombat combined well on the right hand side and Butrasombat unleashed a powerful drive which Bangkok FC goalkeeper Bayongon Bounde could only parry into the path of the onrushing Adisak.
FC Phuket's home form has been poor and the 50 or so fans who had made the trip to Bangkok were hoping that the defence could hold out for another 45 minutes to give the team a vital away win.
It was not to be as man of the match Jirat Kinkkrodklang grabbed a brilliant equalizer for the home side after 72 minutes. His free kick from the edge of the penalty area curled over the wall and into the top right hand corner of the net leaving the hapless FC Phuket goalkeeper Safari Nansen rooted to the spot.
At the conclusion of the match fans lit candles in a vigil for Camara who remains in a stable condition in Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town.
In other results Samut Prakarn beat Loei City 2-1 and Chainat drew 2-2 with Rayong to leave Group A looking wide open. Considering that they already have three away games under their belt and have only played once at Surakul Stadium FC Phuket will be confident that they can push on and secure one of the top two places and promotion to Division One.