Veteran Aly Borromeo looks forward to national football league
THE inaugural season of the Philippines Football League (PFL) kicks off this summer and one player looking forward to it is veteran Aly Borromeo, seeing how the league could potentially further the development of the sport in the country.
Currently playing for Kaya Futbol Club, Mr. Borromeo and his team will be among those competing in the PFL, which will serve as the country’s national football league. The league, under the auspices of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), is envisioned to make football development more far-ranging and grassroots as possible with teams representing different regions in the country. In its first year, the PFL hopes to have at least eight teams in its rosters of teams. “I’m looking forward to the start of the PFL in April. We are currently preparing for it. It has a new format and we are set to go to different places and I’m excited playing in it,” said Mr. Borromeo in a recent interview with BusinessWorld. The 33-year-old Borromeo, who was a former member of the Philippine men’s national football team, or “Azkals,” went on to say that the PFL has a lot of potential in promoting the sport and sustaining the renewed interest in football in the Philippines. “I’m excited for the fans as well as they get to see the different teams competing. They get to see their favorite players playing for their home team,” Mr. Borromeo said. “The PFL can also help in sustaining what the Azkals have achieved as far as creating interest in football, sustaining it and gaining for the sport new fans,” he added. MAKATI, REPRESENT In the PFL, Kaya will be representing Makati City and will have the University of Makati (UMak) Stadium as its home field. “We used to play at UMak five years ago. I think it is great to be going back there and getting the same vibe again,” he said. As for the kind of team they will be having in the PFL, Mr. Borromeo said fans should expect Kaya going all out each time they take the field. “We’re not the strongest of teams but we always take pride in playing hard as a team and showing a lot of heart whenever we play,” he said. But while Mr. Borromeo expressed excitement over the setting up of the PFL, he also said that he hopes the United Football League (UFL), where teams now in the PFL used to play, would not be totally eliminated from the football picture in the country. “The UFL was a great stepping for the setting up of the PFL. We were part of it (UFL) for the longest time and had greatest memories in it and hopefully it doesn’t totally go away. Maybe it could still go on as a complement to the PFL,” said Mr. Borromeo. Apart from Kaya, clubs also set to see action in the inaugural PFL include Ceres-Negros FC (Bacolod), Global Queen City (Cebu City), Loyola Meralco Sparks (Taguig) and Stallion-Laguna (Biñan). -- Michael Angelo S. Murillo