You gotta love the transfer window. Plenty of UAAP kids are now continuing their Footballing education into the summer.
Pachanga PLDT Home Fibr
Jinggoy Valmayor and Daniel Gadia have been in the squad since the beginning of the league but could only play after the Season ended. Now they are joined by National University’s Paolo Salenga. The Floridablanca, Pampanga native captained the Bulldogs in Season 76 and scored a bunch of goals last season. He’ll give PLDT another weapon off the bench.
Patxi Santos, the wingback from UP, is also on the rolls of Pachanga. The Southridge product has a big future with his pace and size.
Pachanga also have San Beda’s Raffy Cabug, the NCAA MVP.
I was pleasantly surprised to see FEU’s Eric Giganto, Raymart Cubon, and Nicholas Ferrer with Jeepney. Giganto is a real talent who Thomas Dooley noticed when he watched the Tams in the UAAP finals.
Cubon is a decent-sized centerback in a nation starved of them. He’ll be hot property one day.
Also joining the Beep-beep crew are Ateneo’s Mikko Mabanag and DLSU’s Gerald Layumas. When Mabanag and the similarly pint-sized Ronnel Lagrimas are fielded together by Kale Alvarez, they make for the cutest central mid tandem in the league.
Fil Nigerian Kennedy Venida Uzoka is with TS and got some playing time in the 2-1 loss to Army on Saturday. Uzoka brings height to the Socceroo attack. Dexter Jae Chio, the hero of FEU’s Final Four win over DLSU, is also in light blue after winning his second UAAP crown. He played in the wings on defense for Kleng Cacacho last Saturday.
Socceroo also brought in Enzo Bonoan from Ateneo. Bonoan is another rangy centerback who won the UAAP title with the Blue Booters last year. He joins another Southridge guy, Enzo Pinga, on defense.
Loyola Meralco Sparks
FEU’s wizardly midfield tandem of Arnel Amita and Paolo Bugas is now once again donning Loyola’s mandarin kits. Bugas came on as a sub and figured in a goal last Saturday against Global. He took a shot from near the edge of the box and it fell to teammate Lee Joo Young, who beat Roland Sadia for an equalizer.
Chy Villaseñor is also back with the Sparks. Villaseñor is versatile, having the ability to play CB or holding mid but also capable of going downfield on attack.
Fitch Arboleda will now test his quality in the top tier. The former U19 NT player from UE is a swift and deadly striker from Romblon who will likely see the back of the net this season. Shirmar Felongco from UST is already with the 2013 league champs and Nathan Alquiros and Matt Nierras of DLSU also come back.
Greggy Yang, a centerback, is now with GAU from DLSU. I am told that Gelo Diamante, another DLSU player, could be with GAU as well. Jess Melliza from FEU continues with GAU. He already played with them a year ago.
There are a few other players who I think should be given a chance. NU’s Arnel Casil is a big and physical centerback who was a bright spot for Lem Laranas. How about Ateneo’s Russell Acosta, a very uselful left-sided player? UE’s speedy Jo Mallen is also an option. Ace Villanueva, the Maroons’ keeper, won best GK and could conceivably end up in Cimarron since that club has ties with UP.
The NCAA is also filled with finds. San Beda’s Jim Ashley Flores could contribute. Aside from Salenga, there’s another Floridablanca striker in the college ranks: Alvin Obero of Arellano. Obero is tall and lethal with his volleys. Any UFL team would love to have Benilde keeper Ronilo Vallies Bayan on their team. He won best GK in NCAA and has international experience with Marlon Maro’s U19 national team.
March 31 is the last day for adding players. Lets hope even more young guns make the grade.
Special thanks to FilipinoFootball.blogspot.com for much of this info.