Farewell, Paalam, Adieu, Adios, Sayonara!

Everybody knows that my life is not an open book—I have even been labeled mysterious by a footballer—but football is a massive chapter in my life. I am willing to discuss certain things as long as it revolves around the sport. It is my way of interacting with other people. It serves as a bridge that links me to people who share the same passion for the sport. Never mind if the person speaks a different language or comes from a different background. Football is my life.

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Most football fans and supporters will most probably associate me with Global, but in the interest of full disclosure, the Global FC (and Azkals) part of my football chapter has just officially ended. I am now moving on to a new page with a new club. I have met a lot of good people at Global and the Azkals. A lot of unsung heroes. A lot of friends. I don’t even know where to begin! More importantly, the team became my second family, something that I have always longed for, as it turns out.

During my time at Global, I learned lessons that have shaped me to become who I am today—a champion for the football cause. Looking back, it was an experience that I will never forget. I am no stranger to ups and downs. I have failed and have let failure wash over me until I have learned from it. I strived for improvement just like everybody else, except off the pitch. Just as my school had injected excellence in my DNA, Global reinforced my desire to excel and to discover as much as I could about the sport and myself. I have changed somehow, but I have never stopped dreaming bigger.

After more than two years, I have recognized the need to move on with my career, and I am pleased to announce that I have found the next good step. This may or may not come as a surprise, but I firmly believe that working at Kaya—yes, you read it right—is the next logical step in my career.

Global will always have a special place in my heart; it is part and parcel of my foundation and football career. I am forever grateful. Valuable experiences and life lessons are memorable by-products, but my heart tells me that I belong at Kaya. Sure, there will be new challenges, new faces, new problems, new everything, but I want to face them all at Kaya. I am more than ready to be steeped in the discipline and work ethic of Kaya because I have always been one of them.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to my Global and Azkals families for adopting me and treating me like your own. I am still working for the same cause as Dan Palami—to promote football in the country and inspire more people to support the sport. My departure will not diminish my love for football. There will be no sliding into mediocrity either. This is an opportunity to continue what Sir Dan has started, but through and with my Kaya family. I hope you will be happy for me.

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