The long wait is over for Anton Del Rosario and company as they will get a taste of the real competition once the 2020 Philippines Football League brought to you by Qatar Airways kicks off.
In his Facebook post, Del Rosario bared the letter sent to the by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) First Instance Body.
As per the message signed by the PFF Secretary General Atty. Ed Gastanes, the PFF’s licensing body has decided to grant Maharlika FC its provisional license allowing them to participate in the upcoming season.
With this, they are now the sixth club who to compete in the league. With them are co-debutants United City FC , Kaya FC-Iloilo, Stallion-Laguna FC, Mendiola FC 1991 and The Azkals Development Team.
“We are very happy to welcome Maharlika FC to the PFL. They are a very enthusiastic group which adds much value to the league. we look forward to seeing them operate on and off the pitch,” said the PFL commissioner Coco Torre.
He also added, “Hopefully, Maharlika FC’s entry to the PFL will inspire other football teams to take it to the next level and apply for a club license to join the PFL.”
With Maharlika FC’s introduction into the big leagues, Torre also hopes that this becomes a stepping stone for other clubs as they look to increase the number of participants in the league through a development program. Through this, Torre hopes this will be part of the league’s long-term plan for its expansion.
In other news, the First Instance Body also discussed the status of Global FC.
After their evalutation, the FIB has issued a 90-day suspension of the club’s PFF license due to their failure to settle its overdue payables to its players and staff.
Global FC was also directed to demonstrate within 90 days that its overdue payables to its employees has been fully settled, deferred by mutual agreement or are subject to a not obviously unfounded dispute submitted to a competent authority.
Should Global FC fail to do so, their license will be revoked and will become ineligible to compete in the league or apply for a renewal of club license.
Back in July of this year, Global FC were thrown into hot waters after Saya Jaruda of Sayagraphics aired out his frustration for not getting his payments for the designs he made for the club which was then followed by John Cofie’s complaint about not getting his payment.
Several Global FC players like Misagh Bahadoran, Andreas Esswein, Peter Varley, and Victor Parra also came out to voice out their sentiments about their unpaid wages in Ang Tito Mong Football Vlogger’s #EatSleepBreatheFootball Podcast last August 20, 2020.
As of posting time, Global FC has yet to come up with their official statement about the said issue and decision of the First Instance Body.