By Cedelf P. Tupas
MANILA—Bracing for what could be the most competitive season yet in the United Football League, Global FC and Kaya FC have tapped members of the Philippine football team to beef up their roster for the UFL Cup kicking off Oct. 2.
Global, the defending UFL Cup champion, snapped up Fil-Spanish striker Angel Aldeguer Guirado to strengthen its squad that already includes Azkals forward Misagh Bahadoran.
Already formidable with Azkals skipper Aly Borromeo and defender Anton del Rosario in the fold, Kaya FC shored up its defensive line with the acquisition of Jason Sabio and added more attacking teeth by tapping Nate Burkey.
Kaya has also hired former national team mentor Juan Cutillas as head coach.
“The competition will be very strong this season,” said Football Alliance chair Santi Araneta, who also owns Kaya FC.
“We expect better quality and exciting games.”
Araneta said talks with a television network are near completion to pave the way for the UFL games to be aired live for the first time in history.
“This will change the landscape of Philippine football,” said Araneta.
The 26-year-old Guirado has been without a club since last June after his contract with CD Ronda in the Spanish third division expired.
Guirado, who agreed in principle to join the team after meeting with manager Dan Palami, sees playing in the UFL as an opportunity to help raise the profile of the fledgling league, which has been riding high on the success of the Azkals.
“I am happy with the direction of the team that Mr. Palami is putting up,” Guirado said through his cousin and interpreter, Rafa Garcia.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed and Guirado said this was only secondary when he made his decision.
“What’s important is I could help and be able to experience playing in the Philippines,” said Guirado, who has already scored three goals in five matches for the Azkals.
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