It is with deep sadness that I announce that I will not be renewing my contract with Kaya FC and that the Loyola match will be my last with the club.
When I was first given the opportunity to coach Kaya, my job was to introduce a distinctive style of football based on possession, and that’s why I jumped at the opportunity to coach the club. I believe that, in my time here, I have introduced a footballing culture with the help of the club, mainly Justin and Paul Tolentino. I am proud that the team, although with many changes to the roster, has maintained the club’s historical characteristic of having a “never say die” attitude. I am also proud that seven players have been called to be part of the national team’s squad and that I have been able to provide an opportunity for three teenagers (ages 16, 16, and 17) to debut on the senior team, mainly off the good work of Kaya Academy.
I would like to thank the owners of the club for giving me the opportunity to work in a fantastic environment. Justin and Paul for their professionalism and support—they have been more than what a coach could ask for. The fans, especially Ultras Kaya—although I’ll be based in Australia, I believe that I am now an Ultra as I have been blessed to be given the Ultras’ scarf. Your support has driven me on the pitch every day. To past and present players, thank you for your commitment to the cause and believing in the football philosophy that was introduced. To the present and future players, don’t take for granted this great club, its history, and its professionalism, which will continue to drive this sport in the Philippines and also continue to provide current and future Azkals a home to learn and excel.
Maraming salamat po,