HE was left by his Filipino mother in an orphanage when he was born in Cebu.
Years later, he was also denied a contract by his professional team in Belgium.
But it was in a team made up mostly of Iranians where Angelo Marasigan found himself truly welcomed, especially after steering PSG FC to the semifinals of the Philippine Football Federation-Smart Club Championships with a 1-0 win over General Trias International at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Sunday.
The 20-year-old defensive midfielder of Filipino-Belgian descent, scored the all-important goal in extra time and sealed a Final Four showdown with Green Archers United next weekend.
With both teams scoreless at fulltime, the Azkals under-22 standout was at the right place at the right time when he connected the winner.
“I saw the ball come in to the 16th (yard) and I was like “I’m just gonna kick it” and it went in. I guess I was a bit lucky. It’s a nice debut for me,” Marasigan said.
Marasigan, who grew up without knowing his biological parents and was later adopted by a Belgian couple when he was four months old, agreed to sign with Pasargad only this month after getting persuaded by one of the team’s managers.
“They gave me a really good feeling. And they gave me a lot of confidence. That was the reason for me to sign with Pasargad.”
On Sunday night, Marasigan proved he made the right decision, but still admitted it was a tough match against General Trias.
“It was a difficult game. The Koreans were playing really good, but I think in defense we did really well so we held the zero, that’s the most important thing,” he said. “And in the end we managed to score a goal so it worked out for us.”