THE Philippines Football League (PFL) has welcomed a new club this season, Maharlika FC, while decorated club Global FC has been slapped by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) with a 90-day suspension and won’t be competing in the upcoming season that kicks off in October.
Maharlika FC was given a provisional PFF license after an assessment by the PFF Licensing First Instance Body (FIB).
Maharlika FC will be one of the five clubs for this year’s PFL season. Returning to defend its title is United City FC, formerly called Ceres Negros FC, while the other clubs competing for the crown are Kaya FC-Iloilo, Maharlika FC, Mendiola FC 1991 and Stallion Laguna FC. The Azkals Development Team is also playing in the league as an invited team.
Maharlika FC is a club founded by former Azkal defender Anton del Rosario. Playing alongside him in the club are veterans and former Azkals Misagh Bahadoran, Simon Greatwich and Jerry Barbaso. Also playing for the club are Filipino-Brazilian actor Daniel Matsunaga, former Ilocos United FC goalkeeper Cedric Martinez-Hodreal and Spanish defender Joaquin Cañas.
On the other hand, Global FC’s license to compete professionally has been suspended by the FIB after the club’s failure to settle its overdue payables with its players, officials and staff.
Global FC has 90 days to settle this or the PFF will revoke its license. (EKA)