Also spelled Somjai or Somphong
Pong dreams of becoming a footballer for the Thai national team, according to his teacher. He is also an England fan and has been pictured in the cave wearing a Three Lions football top. Pong is described as a "cheerful boy" by his teacher Manutsanun Kuntun.
His Uncle Chai, who raises the boy after the death of his father said: "He was watching the World Cup with me before this and he'd love England to win. "His favourite player is Messi but he loves English football and Harry Kane.'"
Pong attends Mae Sai Prasitsart School, where fellow classmates prayed at morning assembly every day for their rescue. He plays as a right-winger.
From Pong to his parents
|"Mum and dad I love you, please don't worry. I am safe now. Love you all."|
From Pong's Mother To Pong
|Dear Pong, |
Please take care of your health and stay strong. Father, mother, and everyone are waiting outside to welcome you back to us safely."
From Pong's Mother To Coach Aek
| I would like to thank you Coach Aek for taking care of our 12 children. Please don't be worried. Every parent thank you for taking care of our children.|
I have called to Father Chai and Mother Song who went home for some business, so I hope the medical team could take care of him. (unreadable). The sentence that Father Chai said over the phone to Pong, and his message for Pong, he hopes that you take good care of your health. Daddy and mommy are waiting to welcome you...
from Father Chai and Mother Orn
Fotos from: Thai Cave Rescue, Thai Rath & Facebook: Ekatol