FOR the second time in three years, Global Cebu FC players have approached the Games and Amusements Board for help in getting paid by the struggling club.
I thought that episode was over for the once mighty football club when it changed owners anew--the fourth one in five years?
A couple of years ago, I helped one of the players get in touch with GAB since they hadn't been paid for months at the time. I don't know what happened to that and a few months later, with a new league in town, Global Cebu was supposed to be reborn as Global Makati with new partners and a new home. However, that didn't happen, but at least we didn't hear stories of unpaid players.
Is it a case of a club and its sponsors struggling amid the pandemic? I hope so because that means there might be a solution. But if this problem is related to the previous problems, where the club is saddled with unpaid obligations to previous players, I don't know if the club can work around that save for a massive infusion of funds.
Until now, the team is still known as Global Cebu even if it no longer has connections to the city. Is that part of the problem too? Are sponsors turned off by the confusing name? I hope the Philippine Football League can at least allow the club to move on and take a new identity as it tries to get new partners too.
But that’s just one side of the story. The other side, of course are the players and the latest to take his case publicly, thanks to Rick Olivares, is John Cofie, a 27-year-old father who quit his job in England to sign a contract with Global worth 38,000 pounds—P2.39 million. Another guy, a graphic artist, also made his plea publicly after getting unpaid for services rendered worth P4,000.
The PFL has stepped in and Commissioner Coco Torre is set to meet with club management. I hope things get cleared before the league gets to start. At least the delayed start has saved the league the embarrassment of having a club fold up in the middle of the season.
With only a few professional clubs in the country, I hope Global passes this latest hurdle and it continue as a club. Of course, I pray too that the players get their due and that the PFL can somehow come up with a win-win solution.