Kaya Futbol Club is a Filipino association football club founded in 1996 by Rudy Del Rosario, Robert Kovach, Christopher Hagedorn and the late John-Rey Bela-Ong. They are currently playing in the First Division of the United Football League, the country's semi-professional football league.
The name of the club comes from the Filipino word káya which means "we can." In the ancient Filipino language written in Alibata, the word is closely defined as susi ng kapatiran or "key to brotherhood." Both of these definitions provide the basis for Kaya FC's team spirit and vision as a club.
In the late 1980′s, one evening a week, players of all ages and from different backgrounds would get together on a basketball court for in-door football. The enjoyment of the weekly practices grew and the player’s skill improved rapidly. They began to join outdoor 7 a-side football tournaments playing against different teams. Frequently the KAYA team members found themselves on the winner’s podium receiving medals and trophies.
After a few years and multiple awards, they realized that many of their teammates were some of the best in the country and the team needed to set a foundation. The name KAYA Football Club was then created in July of 1996 and the beginning of the KAYA leadership on and off the field for football in the NCR and the Philippines became more prominent.
In the late 1990′s, KAYA FC participated in official and more challenging 11 a-side football tournaments organized by the National Captial Region Football Association. The team was eventually recognized as one of the only club teams capable of defeating the “big three” comprised of the Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force and Philippine Navy football clubs.
Between 2000 and 2009, KAYA FC defeated the armed forces teams in two separate Championships and was the Champion of the United Football League (UFL) on three occasions (2009 the UFL became the LBC-UFL and invited the armed forces to join the league wherein KAYA FC placed 2nd).
In the last few years, a number of KAYA FC players represented the Philippines in International Tournaments.
The Goal of the club was to become the most respected men’s football club in the country; to provide a training ground for players with the desire to help in the development of Philippine Football; and focus on instilling a positive approach towards respect, loyalty and determination for the team and society as a whole.
---Code:1 GK Saba Garmaroudi 3 DF Jason Sabio 4 DF Anton del Rosario (vice-captain) 6 - Masih Rizaei 7 FW Joshua Beloya 9 FW Yannick Tuason 10 DF Jonathan Romero 11 DF Alexander Borromeo (captain) 14 GK Russel Pierson 16 DF Armand del Rosario 18 FW Nate Burkey 19 FW Eric Dagroh 20 MF Eddie Mallari 23 - Nicolas Bolzico 24 MF Masanari Omura 25 MF Lexton Moy 28 GK Christopher Camcam 35 MF Prince Boley - - Paolo Atayde - - Hamid Mohammadpour - - Kale Alvarez - - Alu Kigbu - - Evan Santos
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