With Chieffy Caligdong at the helm of their football program, Perpetual Help is hoping for a change of fortune for NCAA 94. Mike Romero/file
By Kevin Estrada
SAN JUAN, MM--Looking to end a 22-year drought, Perpetual Help has tapped the services of Azkals legend Chieffy Caligdong as the Altas looked to make a strong statement when they host the 94th season of the NCAA.
Replacing Aaron Carlos Nebreja, it will be his second coaching stint for the mercurial winger after handling the men's U14 team two years ago and also being part of the La Salle Zobel side as Hans Smit's deputy that finished runners-up for two straight seasons in the UAAP.
Although the football season kicks off in November, his arrival is expected to turn things around for the Altas, who are not experiencing success since their last title came in 1996, which was just only their second. Perps first won the crown in 1989.
“We feel that a legend like Chieffy Caligdong could help us revive out football program and possibly win us an NCAA championship if not this year, but in the near future,” said Perpetual Help team owner Dr. Antonio Tamayo.
Tamayo is expected to bring in some players from his hometown Barotac Nuevo in Iloilo, which was considered the epicenter of the country’s football universe.
“He will bring in several players from Barotac Nuevo and we’re excited of the team’s future already,” said Tamayo.
Chieffy is the third big signing for the Altas' athletic program of director Sammy Acaylar, after previously netting Frankie Lim and Macky Cariño to lead their basketball and volleyball squads, respectively.
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