A GLOBAL side that is back in full force aims to formalize its entry into the quarterfinals of the United Football League Cup when it takes on Philippine Navy on Saturday at the University of Makati pitch.
Boosted by the return of nine national team players, the powerhouse squad is a cinch to win the 6 p.m. encounter with Navy and solidify its Group A lead over General Trias.
Global is tied with the Korean-laden club, but has a six-point advantage in goal difference.
Azkals Marwin Angeles, Misagh Bahadoran, Jeffrey Christiaens, Juani Guirado, Carli de Murga, Demit Omphroy, Patrick Reichelt, Matt Uy, and Denis Wolf didn’t suit up for the team during its match against Socceroo last Sunday as they were in the midst of a 10-day training camp in the Middle East.
But the reigning League titlist hardly missed their services as the club still showed its depth and whipped Socceroo, 11-0, in the most lopsided match of the Cup so far.
Global is expected to display its full wrath against a Navy side that’s still winless in two games and teetering on the brink of elimination.
In another Group A action two hours earlier, third-running Pasargad tries to stay alive in the quarterfinal race when it collides with Socceroo.
Pasargad registered its first win of the tournament after blanking Navy, 3-0, last week.
The Loyola Meralco Sparks, meanwhile, go for a share of the lead in Group C as they face Pachanga in the nightcap at 8 o’clock.
The Sparks, who beat Laos, 2-1, last week, also welcome Azkals James and Phil Younghusband, Anto Gonzales, and Ref Cuaresam back into its fold.