Reichelt signs two-year deal with Ceres-La Salle-A A +A
Thursday, February 20, 2014
FIL-GERMAN Patrick Reichelt found a new home in Bacolod City after signing a two-year contract with Ceres-La Salle FC in rites held yesterday at 21 Restaurant.
The 25-year-old former Azkals' midfielder was welcomed by Ceres’ manager Leo Rey Yanson, head coach Ali Bernard Go and the rest of the Transporters during the press conference.
"This acquisition will further strengthen the squad for the upcoming AFC Champions’ League with his experience abroad and with the Azkals," Go said, adding that “Reichelt will be a huge addition to the firepower of our club and we hope to see him play his first game with us in March.”
The Ceres-LS FC head coach mentioned that they still need a little more time to gel and make theirs a formidable team not only in the United Football League’s second tier but soon in the First Division.
Reichelt thanked his new family for the warm welcome saying that to be with the Ceres is a great opportunity.
"I saw Ceres play during the last 2013 PFF-Smart Club National Championships and beating the Global FC twice in the two-leg competition," he said.
Reichelt, who saw action for 2nd tier Singhtarua FC in Thailand as his last tour, has likewise played for Global FC in the UFL and several German clubs.
Ceres mainstay Jason Panhay described Reichelt as a good teammate.
“He understands the game. He is quick to pick up the game plan despite our short practices,” he added.
Yanson assured the Ceres-La Salle supporters that they will do everything not only for the club but to improve football in Negros.
“The only way to do that is to have more tournaments. It means a lot for the club, and our goal here is not only to have the best team in the Philippines but also in Asia. It’s everybody’s dream,” he added.
Asked of the possible conflict with the Azkals' preparation for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives, Go said that all UFL clubs have agreed to release its players for the national team.
“So, there is no conflict as far as priority is concerned,” he added.
Ceres-La Salle FC is now one of the strongest teams in the UFL with players from South Korea, Ivory Coast, Ireland, Nigeria and home grown Filipinos.
Skillful locals are J Baguiro, Kevin Rob Hartmann, Lemuel Unabia, Jalsor Soriano, Jayson Panhay, William Espinosa, Angelo Marasigan, Thomas Louis Booth, Jason Cordova, Tristan Kit Robles, Joshua Beloya, Hanesin Prince Antony, Camelo Tacusalme, and former national team keeper Louie Michael Casas.
Korean Jin Ho Kim, Hwa Seo Park, Hyeok Gyu Goo, Kyum Son Cho, Jae Jin Lee, Guen Hyeong Park, Yong Chan Son, and custodian Jae Hun Hyoun; Younousse Yaogo, Samson Olaniyi, and Oladipo Okunaiya are the imports.
Assisting Go are assistant coach Ramon Janeo and Korean Cha Soung Yooung as Technical Director.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 20, 2014.