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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Biantan: Aguilas FC lucky to have Jefferson Cheng

JEFFERSON Cheng owns the Davao Aguilas Football Club (FC) that will represent Mindanao in the Philippine Football League (PFL).

The PFL will be launched on the 20th while the first match will be on the 29th. The schedule will be announced later.

All matches will be televised live over the government owned station PTV 4.

The Aguilas FC are very lucky to have Cheng as team owner. Not only that he has deep pockets, he has also a football heart.

He has been the longtime supporter of the Philippine Under 16 and the Under 19 teams.

He is also part owner of one of the Australia’s top football club Western Sydney Wanderers FC, a club that plays in Australia’s top tier the A-League.

The Wanderers captured the A-League title in its first season and bagged the AFC Champions League title the following year.

He is also a member of the International Goalkeepers Academy, a school for young goalkeepers run by Jim Fraser.

Jim Fraser played for the Socceroos during his prime. He was in Davao with Cheng when the Aguilas was introduced to the Philippine media two weeks ago.

Cheng also brought with him veteran Australian coach Gary Philips to head the coaching staff of the Aguilas.

Right now the Aguilas are busy building up for the coming season. They have recruited players from all over Mindanao to inspire Mindanao kids to play the beautiful game.

They are also bringing in five foreign players to beef up the team.

Aside from the Aguilas, seven other clubs will join the first season of the PFL. They are the Ceres Negros FC, Global Cebu FC, JP Voltes Marikina, Kaya Makati FC, Stallions Laguna FC, and Vigan FC.

The Philippine Football Federation has pegged $500,000 as franchise fee payable in five years for the clubs.

Any investor from Cagayan de Oro for the 2018 season?
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