by Cedelf P. Tupas
MANILA—The United Football League is hoping to ride on the success of the national team in the AFF Suzuki Cup, promising improved League and Cup tournaments next year.
Majority of the members of the Azkals are plying their trade in the UFL and organizers hope that the sudden rise of popularity of the sport will also translate to more support in the league.
“This is the only regular league in the country now and we hope more fans will come and watch after the Azkals’ run,” said UFL’s Javier Montecon, who is also a marketing executive of courier firm LBC, the chief backer of the league.
Azkals skipper Aly Borromeo plays for Global-Smartmatic, together with national players David Basa, Kim Relucio and Jerry Barbaso.
Strikers Ian Araneta and Yanti Barsales and midfielders Chieffy Caligdong, Mark Ferrer, Peter Jaugan and defenders Joebel Bermejo and Reymark Palmes are members of Air Force Rider, which captured the league crown last season.
The UFL-LBC Cup resumes Jan. 9 with quarterfinal matches set at the Alabang Country Club.