GLOBAL tries to regain the top spot it has held most of the first round as it takes on a rejuvenated Kaya side on Thursday night in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
Displaced from the top of the standings by Stallion-Sta. Lucia, which defeated Loyola Meralco, 4-2, last Tuesday, the defending champions face a familiar foe in Kaya at 7:30 p.m. in a rematch of the virtual finale last season.
Global is hoping to end its first-round campaign on a high note and is eager to recover from a 1-1 draw against the Sparks last week in a game that halted its seven-game winning streak.
But the Dan Palami-owned squad has to be wary of fourth-running Kaya, which is now breathing down the neck of the leaders after starting the season in the bottom half of the 10-team standings.
Kaya, particularly, seeks to build from its 4-0 rout of Philippine Air Force last Thursday.
OJ Porteria, one of Kaya’s goal scorers against the Airmen, is confident of his team’s chances against Global, considering the team also drew with the Sparks in their meeting last month.
“We’re gonna be playing a tough team, but I think we’re gonna be ready for this game,” said Porteria, one of the league’s top young talents. “Global drew against Meralco. We drew against Meralco so there’s no excuse why we shouldn’t win.”
Air Force, the league’s cellar-dweller, hopes to barge into the win column when it collides with seventh-ranked PSG earlier at 5:15 p.m.
The Airmen are expected to be without coach Edzel Bracamonte and booter Antonio Albor, who were both ejected in the Kaya match.