With all six of our superstars missing the game against Pasargad FC last January 21, 2012, I had mixed feelings about the game’s outcome. But I was definitely excited to see our newly recruited players dominate the starting lineup. I guess I was the only one excited because there were more trash and plastic wrappers at University of Makati than actual spectators. Well, the fans were probably busy preparing for the Azkals vs Incheon FC charity game. It wasn’t a bad thing after all because the football match turned out to be entertaining.
GFC stunned the audience when former Pachanga FC player Alex Obiang scored a goal in the 26th minute. For a moment I thought it was one of the Elhabbib brothers! Then in the 59th minute, it was Ahmed Hwedi’s turn to impress when he scored the second goal for GFC. Ahmed made a spectacular debut in the game against Army on January 15 and his performance confirmed that he’s going to be up there with GFC’s superstars soon. He even scored one of the goals in the January 25 training match at Rizal Memorial Stadium, where GFC won 3–2 over the Azkals.
Unfortunately, Etounai Jerome Sylvain got a red card and turned domination into elimination in the second half. To be clear, Jerome getting sent off was not good news, but it proved that Valentine Kama, who was once a goalkeeper, hasn’t lost his goalkeeping prowess. I wish Paolo Pascual was there to witness it! Valentine took on the goalkeeper’s role with pride and enthusiasm and made sure that he wouldn’t concede a goal. As the minutes ticked down, Valentine was one of the players who kept the team calm and collected. Even though we were down to ten men, resilience became our strength.
Joseph San Martin and Bruno Mars lookalike Kennedy Venida made their debut for GFC as well. What seemed to be a nail-biting occasion became a revelation! Now our superstars have nothing to worry about since the game ended in a 2–0, giving us our first win in this UFL season.
*Just to avoid any misunderstanding down the road, I’m not, in any way, taking part in the ongoing football club versus country debate. I respect all clubs and their decisions and I don’t take it personally.