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Kaya-Makati officially joins PFL

MANILA - Kaya, one of the most successful football clubs in recent history, formally confirmed its participation in the inaugural season of the Philippines Football League (PFL) by naming Makati as its home city.

In a statement yesterday, Kaya will now be known as Kaya-Makati and will use the University of Makati Athletic Field as its turf for the PFL, which will likely begin in March.

Kaya is one of only two clubs that won the United Football League(UFL) title thrice, the other being Global, which earlier joined the PFL with Cebu as its likely home.

Kaya barged to the Asian Football Confederation Cup playoffs last year, which became the club's shining moment.

Five other clubs, all coming from the UFL, already made their intent of joining the PFL, which will now serve as the country's top-tier football league, already satisfying the minimum number of clubs needed to form a national league, which is six.

Kaya was officially founded in July 1996 in Makati, but its story started all the way back in the late 1980s, when the first-ever Kaya players would get together on the basketball court of International School Manila (originally on Kalayaan Street in Makati) for some indoor football.

“It's all about our roots, and the brotherhood and camaraderie all began in Makati, and now, we carry its name as Kaya FC–Makati, with our home at UMak,” a statement from the team posted on its website said.

UMak is not new to the football scene. For the past few years, UMak has hosted a number of football games and events. These include the Binay Cup, Clear Dream Match, friendly games of the Philippine national football team (Azkals), and the United Football League (UFL).

ince 2009, Kaya FC–Makati has participated in the UFL, which was the de facto top-tier league in the country, but the PFL will now be the country's premier competition and will observe a home-and-away, double round-robin format. With Kaya FC–Makati's home games played at UMak, it will be a milestone for UMak as one of the venues for the country's first national football competition.

“With our background, heritage, and supportive fans, we are thrilled to have found our home stadium and will carry on making Philippine football history and promoting football and sparking change in the community. We have always been committed to and passionate about our cause, and we know that we can achieve more,” the official statement from Kaya said.*

 

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