After ruling the recently concluded United Football League (UFL) Cup 2016, Global FC head coach Leigh Manson said that his team is becoming more formidable with the addition of new key players.
Global recently wrapped its campaign in the season-opening tournament of the UFL with a 3-1 drubbing of Ceres La Salle FC in the finals.
Golden Ball Award recipient team captain Misagh Bahadoran, recorded two goals and one assist leading his team to clinch its second UFL Cup trophy.
“Actually, I think we will be stronger. We’ve got four new signings, two Filipinos and two foreigners, who in my opinion strengthens the club quite considerably,” he said in an interview.
“We will be stronger in the league than we have been in the cup. Without sounding too cocky, we’ve seen the quality of the new players that we brought in and it strengthens the club,” he added.
The team dropped four players namely Izzo Elhabib, Sean Bateau, Milad Behgandom and John Kanayama. Recruitment has started but the management is yet to reveal the new lineup.
Global FC went unbeaten in all of its outings but absorbed a loss via a default for a foreign rule infraction in a game during the group stage.
“That’s eight wins out of eight. We made a clerical error [in one of the games]that cost us three points but in the pitch we’ve beat them. That’s championship form,” the Scottish football coach said.
Manson claimed that their victory in the UFL Cup is a testament to their club’s reputation as one of the best football teams in the country.
“We’ve met good teams on our run and we’ve beaten them all. I think these players have made a statement that at the moment, they are the best in the country.”
They would be playing in the league with less pressure now as they’ve already secured one of the two spots for next year’s Asian Football Confederation Cup.
“We’re in a great position now because there’s a little bit of pressure off our campaign in the league. Obviously, we want to win it but we already know that we qualified for the AFC Cup next year,” he concluded.