AFTER two seasons with the Philippine Football League (PFL), then chief executive officer Lazarus Jansen Xavier finally left the organization.
In a statement, Xavier said he will leave PFL and start a new chapter in his life.
“I will take the PFL, the team, the memories, and the remarkable journey with me and rank myself as a proud fan and watch the PFL grow from strength to strength,” he said.
“It is truly overwhelming to come to this point but, I have the comfort of leaving the PFL in better hands than my own. PFF president Mariano Araneta and general secretary Edwin Gastanes gave me the opportunity to be part of an unprecedented national professional football league and I personally thank them for this. Both gentlemen are true believers in what we have built and how much we can still do for the beautiful game,” he added.
Xavier described his experience with so much pride at a generation of players, officials, clubs, fans, sponsors, media, management, committees, the Board and everyone that has been part of the PFL that have redefined football.
“There are no words that can express how sincerely grateful I am for the privilege of working with you,” Xavier said.
He further stressed to pursue every way possible to make the PFL competitive on and off the field.
“You each have a responsibility to achieve this goal and to remember that the PFL is here to stay. I hope that I have inspired you the values that have blessed me in my football management career and this is reciprocal. These are values that I urge you to continue to embody. Our value to professionalize Philippine football,” Xavier said.
Finally, Xaxier left a challenge to be the best and do not settle for less. “Exceed expectations. Strive to be the best and continue to promote high standards.”