Kaya FC moved level with Global FC and were joined Loyola Meralco Sparks FC in second place last Wednesday night. A 4-1 result looked a bit flattering for the team coached by Fabian Lewis as they had to overcome a deficit against mid-table side Manila Jeepney. After the feisty encounter, Lewis suggests his team’s professionalism on the field led them as the key factor in overcoming challenges along the way.
They were put behind by a goal scored by Manila Jeepney’s Nicolas Ferrer in the opening half. Facing a deficit, Kaya displayed hunger to win by coming up with four unanswered goals which rounded up a seemingly comfortable victory. “When things are not going your way, you must find a way to solve problems,” told Lewis who effectively motivated his players from a horrible first half. Had they dropped points, the pursuit for second place may have been out of their own hands.
Still to play three more games, the Kaya Head Coach only wants his team to give their all in those pivotal games. They are still bound to clash with Stallion, Team Socceroo, and Global–two of those are fellow contenders for a somewhat prized bridesmaid finish. “Every game means something. We don’t only want to beat the big teams. All the teams in the UFL are in our way,” Lewis respectfully declared. Clearly, the size of their foes matters less than the eventual outcome of their remaining games.
Up next for them is Stallion tomorrow evening. Kaya are in a rewarding position where they could boost their chances while also inflicting damage to a competitor. To go home victorious, they have been preparing quite well for the important match. Resting key players Louis Clark and OJ Porteria versus Jeepney has ensured that the dynamic duo are refreshed and certainly available against another tough team. “We have a big roster. We have strength and depth. [Their exclusion is] just to preserve bodies,” the Kaya boss explained in relation to their absence.
The participation of both of them appears vital in order to be triumphant over Stallion, who may be more successful than Manila Jeepney in exposing Kaya early. Ernie Nierras’ men will have to toil though as Lewis guarantees that a poor Kaya start, which was what surfaced against Jeepney, will not happen anymore for the rest of the season. — LGT