HOT PROPERTY. Global-Cebu might lose Amani Aguinaldo soon if they can’t match the offers from Ceres-Negros and Davao Aguilas.
PROBABLY the best young footballer in the land today, center back Amani Aguinaldo might wear a different jersey when he gets back from a knee injury this coming new PFL season.
The Global-Cebu center back has been out of action since October but he has been a target of Davao Aguilas and Ceres-Negros when the Philippine Football League (PFL) transfer window opens today (Jan. 2, 2018).
There will be lots of player movements until the end of January as the pre-season starts on February. The 2nd season of the PFL will open in March.
The eight PFL teams are quite busy trying to keep their players and among them is Cebu-Global with its new owner Alvin Carranza.
Carranza admited that Ceres-Negros and Davao Aguilas are running after Aguinaldo despite of his long layoff.
Global Cebu executive Chito Manuel said that Aguinaldo’s contract with Global expired last Dec. 31, 2017 and they might lose him on a free transfer.
But Carranza said that they want to keep Aguinaldo as he will remain as their key man in their backline. Global-Cebu indeed has to make sure they keep Aguinaldo as the exodus of players from the PFL seeking greener pastures from other clubs in Asia has already started.
Cebu-Global last month lost their captain Misagh Bahadoran to Malaysian club Kelantan FA and hopefully the Cebu team will not add Aguinaldo to their lost list.
Carranza also confirmed that they have also put their offer to Aguinaldo on the table to renew his contract but as of the moment nothing has been signed yet. Carranza also refused to say how much money they have offered for Aguinaldo.
Sources from Bacolod City, the hometown of Ceres-Negros, also confirmed that the busmen are eager to sign Aguinaldo. Ceres-Negros as of the moment are on shopping spree after losing almost one half of their starting eleven.
Iain Ramsey, Roland Muller, Josh Grommen, Luke Woodland, Kota Kawase and Fernando Rodriguez have party ways with Ceres and the job to replace these bunch would be a big challenge.
The Davao Aguilas was first to show interest for the Davao City born Aguinaldo. Davao owner Jeff Cheng confirmed that he wants Aguinaldo to be their main man in their defense this coming season.
Who ever gets the services of Aguinaldo for 2018 will be blessed with a young and reliable central defender but of course he still has to prove if he is fit and his knee can hold on.
The 22-year-old Aguinaldo has been with Global since 2013 and earned his first international call up with the Philippine Azkals also the same year. Since then, Aguinaldo has been a key man both in the Azkals’ and Cebu-Global defense until he suffered a knee injury last October. He is set to be back on the pitch next month as he is still nursing his injury and undergoing rehab.
Amani is the lone child of Ariel Aguinaldo and Maida Santos Aguinaldo of Davao. He played high school football with Far Eastern University but later on transferred to the University of the Philippines where he took up Sports Science.
He signed his first professional contract with the Loyola Meralco Sparks in the United Football League in 2012. Global then snatched him and since then became their most trusted defender. (firstname.lastname@example.org)