GREEN Archers United and Philippine Air Force target breakthrough victories when they tangle on Thursday in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium in Tagiug.
The match, set to kick off at 5:15 p.m., holds extra significance as it marks Emelio 'Chieffy' Caligdong’s first game against his former club since the sergeant was honorably discharged from the Air Force last December.
Winless in three games, the last loss a disappointing 5-1 loss to defending champion Global FC last week, the Archers hope to turn things around as they battle an Airmen side that’s still looking for its first win in three games.
Air Force coach Edzel Bracamonte is looking forward to the Airmen's reunion with Caligdong and hopes recruits Vince Braga and Adrian Bretana, among other strikers, will step up in their former star's absence.
"We are excited and at the same time it's a challenge for my new players."
The Airmen, coming off a 4-0 beating from Loyola Meralco last week, also pin their hopes on national team member Ian Araneta, while fleet-footed Tating Pasilan and Jovanie Simpron are expected to lead the Archers anew aside from Caligdong.
Loyola, bannered by Freddy Gonzalez and brothers Phil and James Younghusband, seeks a share of the UFL lead when it takes on PSG FC later at 7:30 p.m.
Trailing Global and Stallion-Sta. Lucia by three points, the Sparks hope to sustain the momentum of their unbeaten three-game run against a languishing club in PSG which has yet to taste victory in three games.