Caption: Fil-German Patrick Reichelt (center) shows his new Ceres-La Salle FC jersey after signing his 2-year contract with the Bacolod City-based club. Joining him are (from left) head coach Ali Bernad Go and lawyer Collin Derk Isidto, VP for Legal of the Yanson Group of Bus Companies.(Mymy Alagaban/SCOOP-Bacolod Photo)
By Jerome S. Galunan Jr., Watchmen Daily Journal
BACOLOD CITY -- Azkals’ midfielder Fil-German Patrick Reichelt found his new home in Bacolod City after officially signed a 2-year contract yesterday with the Ceres-La Salle FC.
The 25-year-old right wingman was welcomed yesterday by Ceres’ manager Leo Rey Yanson, head coach during yesterday’s press conference at the 21 Resto.
Go said that by acquiring the services of the national team standout will further strengthen the squad for the upcoming AFC Champions’ League. “Reichelt will be a huge addition to the firepower of our club. And, we hope to see him play his first game with us this March,” the Ceres mentor said.
The Ceres head coach added that they still need some little more time to gel the team and make it a formidable squad not only in the United Football League’s second tier but, soon in the 1st Division.
On his part, Reichelt thanked his new family for the warm welcome. “To be with the Ceres club is a great opportunity. I saw Ceres played during the last 2013 PFF-Smart Club National Championships by beating the Global FC twice in 2-leg.
Reichelt, who saw action for 2nd tier Singhtarua FC in Thailand, has also played for Global FC in the UFL as well as several German clubs.
On the part of the of Ceres mainstay Jason Panhay described Reichelt as a good teammate. “He understands the game. He is quick to pick up the gameplan despite our short practices,” he added.
For team manager Yanson, rest assured that we will do everything not only for the club but, to improve football in Negros. “The only way to do that is to have lots of tournament. And, it means a lot with the club,” he added. “Our goal here is not only to have the best team in the Philippines but, in also Asia. It’s everybody’s dream”
Meanwhile, when asked of the possible conflict with the national squad’s preparation for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives, Go said that all UFL clubs have agreed to release players for the national team. “So, there is no conflict as far as priority is concern,” he added.
Ceres-La Salle FC is now one of the strongest teams in the UFL with players from South Korea, Ivory Coast, Ireland, Nigeria, and home grown Filipinos.
Completing the squad are locals J Baguioro, Kevin Rob Hartmann, Lemuel Unabia, Jalsor Soriano, Jayson Panhay, William Espinosa, Angelo Marasigan, Thomas Louis Booth, Jason Cordova, Tristan Kit Robles, Joshua Beloya, Hanesin Prince Antony, Camelo Tacusalme, and former national team keeper Louie Michael Casas; Korean Jin Ho Kim, Hwa Seo Park, Hyeok Gyu Goo, Kyum Son Cho, Jae Jin Lee, Guen Hyeong Park, Yong Chan Son, and custodian Jae Hun Hyoun; Younousse Yaogo, Samson Olaniyi, and Oladipo Okunaiya,
Assisting Go in the coaching task are assistant coach Ramon Janeo and Korean Cha Soung Yooung as Technical Director.