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Thailand monk who helped Leicester City visited by SEA Games squad

Thailand monk who helped Leicester City visited by SEA Games squad
From ESPN - August 11, 2017

Thailand's Southeast Asian (SEA) Games football squad have paid a visit to the Buddhist Monk who was thought by many in Bangkok to have played a significant role in Leicester City's sensational Premier League triumph in 2016.

The War Elephants kick off their Group B campaign against Indonesia on Aug. 15 before facing Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Philippines and Vietnam. Their visit to one of Bangkok's most famous temples was timed to give the players a lift as they attempt to retain their SEA Games title in Kuala Lumpur.

Leicester City's Thai owners famously enlisted the spiritual guidance of Phra Prommangkalachan when their club launched an unlikely bid for the title in the season after they had made a great escape from relegation.

Such was the nature of the Foxes' subsequent victory, it turned fans into believers and encouraged other sports teams to turn to the same source for inspiration.

On Friday, former Kelantan FA player Worrawoot Srimaka -- the head coach of Thailand's U23 team -- took his players to meet the revered monk at the Golden Buddha Temple in Bangkok. The same temple has become a destination of pilgrimage for any Leicester fans visiting the city since the Foxes became English champions last year.

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