Originally published by Panay News
MANILA – Negrense midfielder Arnie Pasinabo will remain with the United City Football Club for its Philippines Football League (PFL) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League campaign this year.
The San Carlos City, Negros Occidental-native Pasinabo was among the returning players unveiled by the United City FC on its social media accounts on Monday evening.
The 35-year-old booter was one of the reliable right wingers for the four-time PFL champion, Ceres-Negros FC or United City FC. He played for Green Archers United FC and Kaya Futbol Club-Iloilo before.
Also getting inked to new contracts by the United City FC squad were midfielder Hikaru Minegishi, defender Jordan Jarvis, and goalkeepers Florencio Badelic Jr. and Anthony Pinthus.
United City FC said they were able to renew the contracts of 13 players from its 2020 PFL champion roster while securing the commitment of a minimum of 12 other players.
The team recently lost several key players led by Manny Ott, who will have his next stint in Malaysia, as well as Jose Elmer Porteria and Dennis Villanueva, who have signed for Thailand’s top-tier clubs. Robert Lopez Mendy, who will next play in Cambodia, and Takashi Odawara, who have signed up with the Maziya S&RC from the Dhivehi Premiere League in Maldives will also depart from the squad.
United City FC is the defending champion in the third edition of the Copa Paulino Alcantara, which is being eyed this April, as well as in the PFL’s league season later this year.
In the 2021 AFC Champions League, United City FC were placed in Group I against current three-time Japanese champion, Kawasaki Frontale FC, China’s Beijing Guoan FC , and either South Korea’s Daegu FC or Thailand’s Chiangrai United FC.
The team has automatically earned the right to represent country in the 2021 AFC Champions League for ruling the 2020 edition of the PFL last November./PN