25 December 2017

Cebu Football Welcomes Global Cebu FC New Owner

CFAThe new Global Cebu FC owner Alvin Carranza will need the support of the Cebu Football Association (CFA) which will be known as Central Visayas Regional Football Association (CVRFA) to be successful in the Philippine Football League. CFA president Ricky Dakay (second from right) here with CFA official Glen Quisido and Aboitiz Group of Companies officials during the launching of the Aboitiz Fooball Cup recently. (Contributed photo) 
GLOBAL Cebu FC has a new owner Alvin Carranza, the founder and owner of MacGraphics Carranz International Corp. He has been a long time supporter of grassroots football being the Managing Director of the Teen Azkals Foundation Inc.
This time, Carranza is bringing his love for the beautiful game to a higher level which is professional football.
He said that they are still in the process of revamping the club and they will start brain storming after Christmas. He has tasked former Davao Aguilas manager Chito Manuel to organize the club.
Manuel was also tasked by Davao Aguilas owner Jeff Cheng to organize the club when they started early this year.
Carranza is also looking for a foreign coach and wants a European coach to lead the club to a better finish next season.
Global-Cebu FC finished runner-up to Ceres Negros in the recently concluded Philippine Football League (PFL).
The Cebu football community is welcoming the new owner of the Global FC Cebu but according to long time Cebu Football Association (CFA) long time board member Nimrod Quiñones, the new owner should sit down and talk with the CFA so that they could work together in making the Cebu team successful.
Dan Palami, the former Global Cebu team owner was very close to the CFA officials particularly with president Ricky Dakay of the Dakay Construction, one of the biggest construction firm in the Visayas.
“We are not part of Global FC but we gave them all out support in the ways we could for the love of the game and for Cebu,’’ Quiñones said.
Quiñones served as security officer in every matches that Global Cebu FC hosted at the Cebu City Sports Center.
Sun*Star Cebu sports editor Mike Limoag, an avid football writer and supporter, has also welcomed the change of management. However, he said that it has unnerved some fans because of lack of updates. He is also hoping that the new management will be aggressive in getting new homegrown talent to play for the first team.
Global Cebu had one homegrown player in its line-up, former University of San Carlos striker John Roy Melgo, son of Borbon town vice mayor Roy Melgo.
Carranza’s taking over of the Global Cebu FC is a wise decision for him as the club has also strong community based supporters. I have talked with him many times before and he told me that we was planning to set up a club to play for PFL. Buying Global is much cheaper than setting up a club and starting from scratch.
Global-Cebu FC attracted more than 5,000 paying fans every home matches last season. That is a lot compared to most clubs who are struggling to attract paying fans to their matches.
He is also also hoping to get Cebu based companies to sponsor the club so that he could get good players and stay competitive for the next season.
The next thing that Carranza should do is hire a well known coach from Cebu to help his European head coach. A local coach who has a wide network and an excellent record.
Cebu football is very lucky to have Carranza. When will Cagayan de Oro have its own PFL team? (l.biantan@gmail.com)


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