Former second division champion Laos FC head coach Jovanie Villagracia said he is still optimistic that his wards would bounce back despite their fall in the United Football League (UFL) standings.
“First thing, we had problems financially. I think most of the smaller clubs has the same problem also. Some of our players, because we cannot sustain the financial aspect, just went back to their home countries or provinces,” Villagracia said.
Laos FC ended its first round trip at No.10.
Villagracia added that they lack regular training as a unit that resulted in their lack of cohesion in the field this season compared to their previous outing.
Last year, Laos achieved success in the now-defunct Division 2 of the UFL, winning all its games.
Villagracia attributed the success to his team’s continuous training and support that they had with their organization in 2015.
“We won all the games last season in the second division. That time, we still had training and some of my key players were still there. We train three to four times a week last year so there is preparation on our end,” he said.
Laos FC held sixth seeds Stallion FC to a 2-2 draw in their previous outing via a late game two goals of striker Patrick Franksson.
“It’s a big thing that we drew a stronger team who trains regularly and has a complete line-up. This is a good start for us in the second round,” Villagracia said.
He is hoping for his players, who are currently in their provinces, to arrive in time for their next few games.
“Hopefully, my other players already arrive for the next games. Despite the lack of training, we still do small things to our players in our line-up,” he concluded.
Laos is scheduled to play against sister-club Global FC at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Sunday.