THE door of opportunity for football clubs in the Philippines plying trade in international competitions has opened after United Football League titlist Global clinched a spot in the Asian Football Confederation President’s Cup this May.
The AFC granted the reigning UFL League champion and Cup finalist’s request to participate in the tournament featuring emerging Asian football nations, through a letter addressed to Philippine Football Federation acting general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes on Thursday.
“We look forward to your club’s participation and further information pertaining to the competition will be sent in due course,” read the letter signed by AFC gen. sec. Dato Alex Soosay.
Global owner Dan Palami is likewise thrilled with the recent development, which is considered a milestone as it marks the first time a Philippine club will take part in the prestigious annual event since it was founded eight years ago.
“Looking forward to Global FC's participation in the AFC President's Cup 2013,” Palami posted on his Twitter account @dscpalami.
Apart from Global, squads from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, and Turkmenistan will take part in the event, considered the club equivalent of the AFC Challenge Cup.
The group stage of the competition is set from May 2 to 12, while the final stage will be on September 23 to 29.
Global, however, may find itself in a quandary as the tournament’s group stage coincides with the upcoming season of the UFL League, which is expected to run from February to June.