MANILA, Philippines – After missing the top eight of the 2012 United Football League Cup, Pasargad FC is making significant changes in preparation for the upcoming SMART National Club Championships in January 2013.
In a statement, Pasargad FC announced that among the key changes they will make is the addition of former Azkals Under-21 team member Angelo Verheye Marasigan.
Marasigan has played in the highly competitive Belgian league, having stints in leading clubs as a teenager. He started his career in the youth team of KVC Deerlijik, a local club located in the Belgian province of West Flanders.
He moved to top flight competition in the Belgian Pro League, where he played for the reserve squad of KAA Ghent in East Flanders. At 16, Marasigan was among the youngest players in the squad.
Marasigan was a member of the Azkals U-21 selection that took part in the recent Brunei Cup. He was credited for the winning goal in the Azkals’ match against Singapore.
“Angelo will form a vital cog in our defensive line,” said Pasargad FC co-owner Javier Mantecon. “His aggressive play will complement the back four.”
“Angelo’s addition is likewise crucial as we increase our base of local Filipino talent in our roster,” he added.
Mantecon said Pasargad has been making progress in developing a local core of football players.
“We are seriously studying other football players outside of Metro Manila and will continue to mix this with scouting for Filipino talent outside the country,” he said.
“Recently, we acquired CD Harris, a Filipino-American footballer from Florida, as part of our line-up. CD had substantial experience in the US Pro League as well as in South American competition. This augurs well for the club in that we will now be able to generate a broader fan base now that we have more Filipino football talent in the squad,” Mantecon added.
Pasargad FC qualified in the Round of 16 of the PFF-SMART National Club Championships. They will play Philippine Army FC in their first match on January 19 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.