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   Jose Enrique Vigil has worn the Green and Black number 8 for about 19 seasons and is looking to join the 20 season club when he plays for the Archers next season. His contributions to the club is unparalleled as the team’s first choice corner taker. Even with his pace and stamina diminishing he commands respect from his peers and the younger members in the team.

“He’s one of the players last to leave the gym. He works a lot on his game even in his advanced age, we have no excuses not to work hard.” Samuel Vela said to AP

“We look up to him like a big brother. He has a lot of experience and when the day comes for him to hang his boots, then I hope we’re ready to take over the leader role. He is one of our role models and he is well loved by the team and the fans” the 22 year old wonderkid added

Team owner and manager, Jimbo, also sang praises of the 34 year old winger and told media that he is a very underrated player.

“He rarely gets injured. That alone is a testament on how well he keeps his body fit and ready before every match. He just goes in and does his job. Even in his early days in the academy up to now. He’s special for us and we’re lucky to have him” Jimbo told AP

Vigil is set to play his 667th match of his career and will be looking to aid the team secure a 3rd place finish this afternoon against Blue Wave FC’s B team.

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The Archers showed little fight in them as they fell to the reigning UFL Champions, Scape United, 1-4 at the Stadio L’Arciere. The 4 goals are the most that the side has conceded this season and are left licking their wounds as they try to bounce back against Sticky Feet Alliance this Friday afternoon.

“I thought we were mentally weak!” The Archers owner told media after the game

“We stopped playing after Šime Vučko was sent off. We lacked passion to keep up with them. I hope to get back to winning on Friday. It’s a must win game for us. Every team in the top 5-8 are very strong and each point is valuable.”

When asked if there will be any more first team additions to the club this season, the Verdeneri boss plainly said that it would depend on the situation in a few weeks.

“If there are good players for sale and in our budget then why not? But if I feel we have to buy a player then most probably we will. But right now, no. I am happy with the squad and I feel we have a good chance to qualify for the RoW next season.”

Green Archers owner/manager, Jimbo, took time from his busy schedule to sit down with AP and talk about the team’s chances for next season and which teams will most probably surprise, falter, and win the league.

AP: Good day boss, I’m pretty sure the team is still at a high following the team’s wonderful performance at the Philippine Cup. You’ve already made your first crucial addition to the team in Chus Calvillo, will there be any more signings to come before the start of season 40?

Jimbo: The club is always reading the transfer market and looking out for good players to bring in. The only issue there will be is the club is more responsible financially. No more splashing big sums of cash for just one player. We are now looking for players who can play more than one position and more flexible on the attack. We need better attacking players since we’re not that strong individually.

AP: There are some pretty strong teams entering season 40, and some of them have even bolstered their lineup as soon as this preseason. What is your take on the team’s chances for next season and are you still aiming for a top 5 finish?

Jimbo: Blue Wave FC is a scary team. They certainly added one or two great players and I think they are the ones to watch next term. Then there’s lions of munich who is always threatening the top 2. Their midfield are full of great players; some of the strongest in the league. Then there is the three-peat winners, Scape United. Their manager claim that they will be weaker next season but I highly doubt that they are as weak next season as he claims. They have a bunch of really experienced guys and most teams need to be at their best to beat them.

All of these teams are very good and talented. Our team is one in transition. We have been very bad recruiting talented youngsters in the past few seasons and we are now paying for it. But with the new players coming into the first team, who knows how we’ll perform next season. We will have rough games for sure, but we will fight through every one of them. That’s just who we are, and we have our fans behind us.

AP: Who do you think will get relegated?

Jimbo: This is a tricky one since we’ve seen some teams looking good at the start of the season only to falter at the end and lose gas. I think Azkals will get relegated. The team simply does not have the personnel to stay in the UFL. Sige FCSandigan, and  Local Brewery SC are all returning former UFL teams and I think at least one of them will replace Azkals.

AP: What position will Chus Calvillo be playing?

Jimbo: I just spoke to him about this and he said he can play almost all positions from midfield to defense. I’m confident that he will do well in defense and midfield but I’m counting on him more in helping out defense. Edu Iglesias is not getting any younger and some of our defenders may get suspended so he can fill in for them at defense.

AP: Will we be expecting any more player movements, boss?

Jimbo: Most certainly. We are looking to raise more money for next season and to do that we need to sell some more players. We are already in talks with one or two clubs and they already committed to make some deals happen. We can expect some movement this week or the next. Next season when the transfer window opens, we’ll see a lot of activity from the lower teams as well. We’ll see what happens.

There you have it. Some thoughts from the brilliant mind behind the Green Archers.

AP

With the Archers’ fantastic start to its season and a recent win against perennial UFL powerhouse Blue Wave FC, can the Archers finally call itself a Philippine super power in football? Team owner and manager Jimbo certainly thinks so. In his recent press conference after the match, Jimbo spoke about his current squad and how different it was when the team spent buckets on big time players.

“What’s different with this squad from past seasons is that we are relying more on skill this time instead of splashing the cash on a few players who can do everything. Specialization is key.” Jimbo told media Friday after the game

“Are we a powerhouse? I think we are strong, so yes I think you can say that. But we are long ways from the teams of the past. We were a lot stronger 10 seasons ago. But then again, all the other teams were stronger 10 seasons ago too. We are not as rich as before and we need to be wiser in spending. Hence our current resurgence in our youth ranks. I like the direction of our club and its players.” the big boss added

The Archers go against Dumaguete Dynamos on Sunday afternoon.

Notes: Iranian newcomer Shahin Afand scored 2 goals in the match and 4 out of his last four matches for the Verdeneri. José Enrique Vigil was not available for the match due to suspension.

AP

Archers manager/owner Jimbo told media that the team will most probably have to win its match against Blue Wave FC to get the third spot in the UFL to avoid a more difficult qualifying road to the RoW League group stage. The Archers are currently tied in points with Blue Wave with kloxz and Victorious Secret not too far behind.

“Securing third will be our goal right now. But it is proven that it will not be an easy task with our current level of talent. We are not as big as we used to be with some of our guys getting older. But with have an interesting mix of young and not so young players. We’ll see what happens.” Jimbo told media

“We are lucky to have an opportunity to reach the RoW League. We were close before but we were not so lucky. I hope our luck changes this term.”

The Archers have four matches remaining facing kloxz on Wednesday, FC EKARNA on Friday, facing Blue Wave on Sunday, and ending the season with Inter Ormoc Athletico on Wednesday next week.

Archers manager/owner, Jimbo, said to Archer Pride that the team is still on the lookout for good players to reinforce the first team but is quick to say that this is not a priority and says that the team will still be focused on the youth sector. The team is reportedly still on the lookout for replacements for aging players Vicente CasoLucio Prieto, and Lucio Sarmiento

“The team is not yet complete. We have lots of aging players in the team. The good thing is that we have lots of young players to fill in but they are not ready right now and we all know that this will take time. The young players know they have a chance to crack the first team if they work hard for it. We have a chance at a top 5 finish, we will see if we can get reinforcements to make it easier for us.” Jimbo told AP

The Archers are lining up Alfredo LagoFlorian Antonini, and León Rivas as possible replacements for the aging duo but fans seem concerned about their quality. Still supporters feel that the management is in the right track in rebuilding the team. Supporters union president, Arnold Martin expressed his delight at the team’s progress and overall improvement from last season. 

“The team is progressing well and is on the right track. We supporters wish the management well and hope that we continue to improve each season to reach international competition next season. Concerns about the team being old is not that important right now. We see that the team is addressing that by gathering the best possible local talent.” Martin said to AP

The team will be going against Blue Wave FC later this afternoon without defender Armando Caldera and midfielder José Enrique Vigil

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Archers Manager/Owner Jimbo looking great as usual

Archers manager owner Jimbo stated that to win the league starts with quality locals. The team has currently undergone a new strategy that focuses on local player development.

“Powerful teams start with the locals. Right now teams think that being lucky is the only way to go when looking for quality local players but I think it is a wrong way of thinking. At the Stadio L’Arciere, we give them opportunities to shine and show their worth to the squad. If they don’t develop well, then that is the time we part ways” Jimbo told media

“I think it’s great that other teams are also attracting good local talent. Though sometimes they don’t have the patience to wait for most of them to develop. These kids need chances and we are giving them that chance.”

The Archers have an extensive scouting network which includes satellite offices in each region and 72 scouts working in different parts of the Philippines and the World.   

Archers manager Jimbo will look into a partnership with some foreign teams to help in bringing in quality youngsters into the club. The team will look to add to their attack next week as they will hold tryouts next Saturday in Iloilo. 

AP