GLOBAL FC hopes to further invigorate football in the country when it competes in the 2015 AFC Cup on February 25.
Club president Dan Palami said Global is deeply honored and humbled to be the first Philippine team to represent the country in the prestigious Asian meet after winning the United Football League (UFL) competition.
“We will be joined by the elite clubs in the entire continent. This is a testament to the hardwork, dedication, and the excellence of our coaches, players, and staff,” Palami said during the club’s launch at the Makati Shangrila Hotel on Tuesday night.
That the Philippine Sports Stadium will be the site of the event makes Global’s participation even more memorable.
The match between Global FC and South China of Hong Kong is the first major sports event to be hosted in the brand-new playing field, located just a few meters from the 50,000-seater Philippine Arena owned by the Iglesia Ni Cristo.
“We’re privileged to have been given the right to use it by those who manage the stadium,” Palami said.
Global FC is bracketed in Group G with Yangon United of Myanmar, Pahang FA of Malaysia, and South China of Hong Kong for the double-round robin group stage.
Leading Global FC’s bid are national team members Patrick Deyto, Misagh Bahadoran, Matthew Hartmann, and Amani Aguinaldo.
Palami enjoins the Filipino people to support club’s campaign in the AFC Cup.
“As Global FC readies itself to represent the Philippines in the AFC Cup, once more we call on the Filipinos for their strong support,” said Palami, who is also team manager of the Philippine Azkals.
“More than just the title, what is at stake is the opportunity for us top Filipinos to make a lasting mark in Asia and to finally prove that we can stood at par or even better with the best in Asian football.”
Aside from the AFC Cup, Global also starts its campaign in the UFL against Green Archers FC on Saturday after finishing runner-up behind Loyola Meralco Sparks in the Smart-PFF National Club Championship.