ED Sacapaño wasn’t assured of playing time when he was loaned by Philippine Army to Global a few weeks ago.
The starting goalkeeper of the Troopers, Sacapano was suddenly relegated to the bench in his new team, whose first-choice ‘keeper was Roland Sadia.
But suddenly thrust into the starting role after Ivorian Sadia went out indefinitely with a dislocated elbow, Sacapaño was more than glad to make the most of the opportunity.
The homegrown Filipino national team goalkeeper delivered in his first start for the defending United Football League champions on Tuesday night, anchoring the defense that put up a clean sheet in their 2-0 win over PSG at the Emperador Stadium.
“Yun talaga ang focus ko,” the 33-year-old Sacapaño said. “Kailangan ko talaga mag-step up. Kailangan ko talagang tumulong sa Global kasi malaking kawalan si Sadia.”
It also turned out he’s right where he wanted to be all along.
“Ito na `yung wish ko na makasama ako sa team na talagang contender,” Sacapaño admitted.
Despite being the star in the Army team, Sacapaño tasted little success with the Troopers, who are toiling near the bottom of the 10-team standings.
Now that he’s with a team which is in the thick of the title race, Sacapaño is slowly gaining back his confidence, promising to continue delivering whenever his name is called.
“Kailangan ko mag-trabaho at kailangan ko rin ibalik ang kumpiyansa ko. Syempre nung naglaro ako sa Army, bumaba `yung kumpiyansa ko kasi nakita mo naman `yung team ng Army.”