Kaya tries to continue its arduous climb in the United Football League when it collides with Pachanga-Diliman on Saturday at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
Hoping to ride the momentum of its statement 3-2 win over Global in its last game of the first round last week, the fourth-running squad tries to inch closer to the leaders when it takes on another on-the-rise club in Pachanga at 8 p.m.
The lone Division 1 match will be preceded by a Division 2 game between Cimarron and Philippine Navy at 6 p.m.
Kaya and Pachanga both have 15 points, but the former has a six-point lead on goal difference. Whoever wins will edge closer to third-running Loyola Meralco, which has 23 points.
“We still got some ground to make up, but we’ll fight every game to try and get us close as we can,” Kaya coach David Perkovic said. “And if it’s a reality that we’re not too far behind from where we’re at right now, then that’s great.”
Kaya has enjoyed a resurgence since Australian Perkovic took over after Maor Rozen abruptly resigned last February, putting up three wins and a draw without a defeat.
“I can only speak from when I came in. The boys have been fantastic in trying to execute the way we want to play,” was Perkovic’s assessment of Kaya’s first round. “They are showing great character and they’re working hard to get to the target of playing good football.”
Kaya, though, is expected to have a tough time against Pachanga, the 2012 Division 2 titlist which is on a three-game winning streak, the latest a 3-2 decision over Philippine Army last Saturday.