Quak scores first Thai goal after national team snub

Gabriel Quak celebrating his first goal in Navy FC colours, the first by a Singaporean in the Thai League 1. His efforts were appreciated by a fan who bought him an iced chocolate and left him a note at a coffee house.
Gabriel Quak celebrating his first goal in Navy FC colours, the first by a Singaporean in the Thai League 1. His efforts were appreciated by a fan who bought him an iced chocolate and left him a note at a coffee house.PHOTOS: NATTAWUT PRACHAITHEP, GABRIEL QUAK
Gabriel Quak celebrating his first goal in Navy FC colours, the first by a Singaporean in the Thai League 1. His efforts were appreciated by a fan who bought him an iced chocolate and left him a note at a coffee house.
Gabriel Quak celebrating his first goal in Navy FC colours, the first by a Singaporean in the Thai League 1. His efforts were appreciated by a fan who bought him an iced chocolate and left him a note at a coffee house.PHOTOS: NATTAWUT PRACHAITHEP, GABRIEL QUAK

The first Chinese Singaporean outfield national footballer to earn a professional overseas contract, Gabriel Quak now owns the honour of being the first Singaporean to score in Thailand's top-tier league.

The winger scored the first equaliser in the 19th minute for Navy Football Club in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Sukhothai that saw them rise to 11th in the 18-team Thai League 1.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2018, with the headline 'Quak scores first Thai goal after national team snub'. Print Edition | Subscribe