Kaya FC Wants PFL Title and AFC Qualification

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There’s a strong belief in this club and recognition, too, that last year’s performance was not a true reflection of what Kaya can do.

With the PFL season scheduled to kick off in March, Kaya FC has set important team goals: winning the championship and qualifying for the AFC (Asian Football Confederation).

Connor and Ace have signed to play for Kaya FC (photo, Kaya FC)

“We need to make sure that we get marginal gains, as many as possible, minimize sloppy individual errors at the end of games or in critical moments in matches, ” said Kaya Manager Chris Greatwich. “That will enable us to turn losses into draws, draws into wins, and ultimately get what we want to achieve.”

The winner of the PFL League will qualify for the AFC Champions League preliminary stage. The winner of the PFL Cup will qualify for the group stage of the AFC Cup.

Achieving team goals will be a stretch for a squad that finished the 2017 PFL season in fourth place. But there is a strong belief in this club and recognition, too, that last year’s performance was not a true reflection of what Kaya can do.

Greatwich looked at the ’17 season this way: “If you look at the balance of play throughout the regular season–at least for large parts of the season–I thought we were arguably the best team in the league. I think, over the two legs, we were also the better team against Ceres in the semifinals. But, ultimately, a late goal in the first leg, and not taking the opportunities in the second leg, tempered with some individual errors, left us with a disappointing end to the campaign.”

I think it’s realistic for Kaya to achieve its goals.

But make no mistake about this: the other five teams–Ceres Negros, Davao Aguilas, Global Cebu FC, Stallion Laguna, and JP Voltes–won’t sit back and just watch.


About Lerche Njang

My name is Lerche Njang. I’m a coach and scout who specializes in soccer. I’m originally from Nigeria, but now live in the Philippines. I own L & M Football Academy in Nigeria and work as the U14 head coach with FC Metro Manila. I played with the San Francisco Seals, the Kunming International FC in China, and Thunderbolt FC in Nigeria. I have an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘C’ coaching license and hold a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. I also earned a certificate in Soccer Operations and Management from Sports Management World Wide Birmingham, UK.

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