Boss Leigh Manson feels Kaya FC - not Sparks - is Global's 'toughest opponent'
By Karlo Sacamos
EXPECT full-strength squads from Global FC and Kaya FC when they collide in a marquee matchup on a rare Wednesday playdate of the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill.
Originally scheduled on Thursday, the untelevised 8 p.m. match was moved a day earlier so the national team members who were called up for the international friendlies next month can play for their respective mother clubs.
That means Global’s Mark Hartmann, Misagh Bahadoran, Jeffrey Christiaens, Jason de Jong, Marwin Angles, and Amani Aguinaldo, as well as OJ Porteria, Anton del Rosario, Chris Greatwich, Andrew Liauw, Nick, O’Donnell, and Kenshiro Daniels of Kaya will be available before they leave for Malaysia on Thursday.
“I think it would’ve been a shadow of a game when you’ve got two teams going for the championship. In a game like that, you want the best players to take part,” Global coach Leigh Manson said.
The Scottish mentor feels Kaya — and not league-leading Loyola Meralco, which outclassed Global, 4-0, in their first meeting — is Global’s “toughest opponents, having held the Sparks to a goalless draw last week.
“Currently, they are possibly our toughest opponents. No disrespect to Loyola. Simply because the last time we played them, even with ten men, they worked, and worked, and worked,” Manson said, referring to their hard-earned 2-1 in the first round.
Global, though, is oozing with confidence following a 4-0 rout of Green Archers United last Saturday.
“If we play like we did second half (vs Archers) where we kept our discipline and played easy passes, then we’re good enough to beat anybody,” Manson said.