25 February 2013
Reid back on the bench as Global faces Army
Global welcomes coach Brian Reid back on the sidelines as it battles Army at the Emperador Stadium on Tuesday.
Reid was out of the country last week and missed the last two matches of the reigning United Football League champions, who currently share top spot in the table with Stallion and Loyola Meralco.
In his absence, manager Dan Palami called the shots and got a terrific response from the side, producing its finest game yet in the 5-1 win over Green Archers Globe.
“I’m pleased to be back and that we had managed two victories (while I was away),” said Reid.
Izzo El-Habbib hopes to continue his fine form, after a brace against Green Archers.
Carli de Murga, Misagh Bahadoran and Jeff Christiaens are also in line for another start, after combining well on the left side in last week’s win, where Patrick Reichelt also scored his first goal of the season.
Val Kama, who picked up a knock and did not play in the second half against Archers, hopes to be ready for selection, even as Ben Starosta tries to continue his solid play at midfield alongside Yu Hoshide.
Reid hopes the improvement will continue against an Army side still looking for its first win of the season.
“I've been only here for five weeks, and there's still much to be done,” said Reid. I see improvement in the right direction. I always thought we can always get better, and we'll still work hard to do that.”
Army is just one of two teams that beat Global last season. Global absorbed a stunning 1-2 loss at Nomads field in their season-opener against Army last season, but ended the season unbeaten in their last 14 matches to capture their first league title.
“I look forward to the challenge and the improvement,” Reid said. “The players are certainly determined and up to the challenge.”
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