KAYA FC opens a new chapter in its United Football League campaign as it goes to battle without its coach against Stallion-Sta. Lucia FC on Tuesday at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
Orphaned by Maor Rozen who abruptly resigned Saturday after barely two months on the job, Kaya seeks a second victory in its 7:30 p.m. meeting with a streaking Stallions side aiming to cement its place on top of the field.
Defending champion Global FC, tied with Stallion and Loyola Meralco with nine points, likewise is looking to keep its share of the UFL lead when it tangles with Philippine Army earlier at 5:15 p.m.
Excluding the games in the national club tournament last month, the 50-year-old Uruguayan was Kaya coach for only three games in the UFL, putting up a 1-1-1 win-draw-loss record. He has actually only finished one game for last year’s league runner-up as he was sent off in the 2-1 win against Green Archers before he served his suspension in a scoreless draw against Nomads.
Rozen explained in a letter released through various online media outlets on Monday that his resignation stemmed from him being unable to “extract the best from his players” in the early stage of the UFL season.
But the former Philippine 19-and-under mentor hopes his decision to step down will serve as a motivation for his former players to achieve their goals in the UFL this season.
“If they win tomorrow and achieve the rest of their goals for the season, then I will be very happy because I will have known that my decision was correct,” he said in a phone conversation with Spin.ph on Monday.
Teenage sensation OJ Porteria is again expected to be at the forefront of the attack of Kaya, which, will be hard-pressed for a victory as it will be facing the reigning UFL Cup champions who are unbeaten in three games.