Where are they now? Azkals Transfer Movements
With the 2018 PFL season about to begin, take a look at the Azkals who transferred in the Philippines and overseas during the off-season.
Mike Ott (From Angthong United to Ceres Negros FC)
Midfielder Mike Ott has decided to try his luck in the Philippines, joining 2017 PFL champions Ceres Negros FC during the off-season.
Ott made his competitive debut with Ceres in the AFC Champions League first preliminary round against Shan United.
Ott will join a Ceres squad that is composed of current Azkals players Patrick Reichelt, Kevin Ingreso, Carlie de Murga, Junior Muñoz, and older brother Manny as well as former internationals Martin Steuble, Stephan Schrock, and Ed Sacapaño. This early, Ceres look like strong contenders to reclaim the PFL title and once more make their mark in the AFC Cup.
Amani Aguinaldo (From Global Cebu FC to Ceres Negros FC)
Known for his height and defensive instincts, Amani Aguinaldo moved from Global Cebu FC — where he won two UFL League championships and led his team to the semifinals of the AFC Cup ASEAN Zone — to the 2017 PFL champions Ceres Negros FC.
A knee injury marred the defender’s chance to play for flag and country in the second half of 2017, but with a return date penned for this year, expect Aguinaldo to be back doing what he does best, being a defensive rock at the back for the already formidable Ceres team.
Sean Patrick Kane (From JPV Marikina FC to Ceres Negros FC)
The defender, who made his Azkals debut in the 1-1 draw to Yemen last October 2017, joins Ceres as their second defender following the signing of Amani Aguinaldo.
Last season, Kane shored up the defensive line for JPV Marikina both as a defender or a defensive midfielder.
In his Azkals debut, Kane was fairly impressive in stifling the Yemen attack throughout the match.
Kane’s move to Ceres offers the promising prospect of seeing him team up with fellow Azkals Aguinaldo, De Murga, and Muñoz on defense.
Hikaru Minegishi (From Global Cebu FC to Pattaya United FC)
Hikaru Minegishi, the former Global Cebu winger, is set to try his luck in Thailand with Pattaya United.
During his time with Global, Minegishi was the focal point of attack, earning him the UFL MVP award in 2016.
The midfielder can look forward to playing against strong teams in Thailand like Buriram United and Muangthong United.
Iain Ramsay (From Ceres Negros FC to FELDA United)
Iain Ramsay had quite a 2017 PFL season to remember. In his one season with the League champions Ceres Negros FC, Ramsay did it all.
Looking lost after a stint in Iran, Ramsay arrived at Ceres with the goal of reclaiming his deadly form and to lift Ceres a level higher.
Ramsay’s performances for the Negros side, particularly his debut goal vs Tampines Rovers in the AFC Cup and his hat-trick in the title win over Global Cebu, will be remembered by the Ceres faithful.
The winger will now take his talents to FELDA United, which plays in the Malaysia Premier League in a bid to send the club back to the top flight.
Misagh Bahadoran (From Global Cebu FC to Perak FA)
A player who will be missed in the PFL football scene is former Global Cebu skipper Misagh Bahadoran.
Ever since Global came into prominence, Bahadoran stood as the face of the club, leading to a hat-trick of UFL titles and a runner up finish in the PFL. In addition, he led the club in the AFC Cup last year where they defeated powerhouse Johor Darul Ta’zim in the group stages.
Known for his play both as a winger and a striker, Bahadoran’s understanding of the game is top-notch as often seen in his performances with the Azkals.
With Perak, Bahadoran continues his menacing runs from the right flank as was seen in his debut for his new club.
Curt Dizon (From FC Meralco Manila to Global Cebu FC)
The start to 2018 saw the dissolution of FC Meralco Manila after it finished third in the 2017 PFL season. Among the players that were out of the club was Curt Dizon, who was then signed by a rebuilding Global Cebu FC.
It will be the winger’s second stint with the club after playing for them in 2014 where he picked up a UFL League title.
Daniel Gadia (From FC Meralco Manila to Global Cebu FC)
Another player from the now defunct FC Meralco Manila that joined Global Cebu FC is midfielder Daniel Gadia.
The former University of the Philippines skipper made his mark for the Sparks as a no-nonsense midfielder creating problems for opponents with his physical play.
He will join a young and talent-laden Global team that now has the most players that played for the UAAP: Patrick Deyto, Paolo Salenga, Paolo Bugas, Marco Casambre, and Jinggoy Valmayor.
Daisuke Sato (From AC Horsens to ACS Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe)
Following an unfruitful spell with AC Horsens last year, Daisuke Sato returned to Romania to sign with Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe. It is Sato’s second club in Romania after featuring for CSM Politehnica Iasi.
The defender, who left the Philippines in 2016 to make his mark in Europe, is hoping he regains his form after being released by AC Horsens late last year.
Javier Patiño (Released by Henan Jianye)
Patiño was released by Chinese Super League Club Henan Jianye after the transfer window had already closed. The striker, who was recovering for most of last year because of an injury sustained during his club duties, is currently still looking for a club.