Hot Pachanga routs Manila All-Japan IXBy Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
NEWCOMER Pachanga breached the century mark in total goals for the season after a 7-0 demolition of Manila All-Japan Saturday night in the second division of the United Football League at the University of Makati field.
Midfielder Oussenynou Diop fired a hat-trick, while former national team striker Freddie Gonzalez contributed two as Pachanga extended its lead against Diliman FC at the top to five points with four matches remaining.
The 34-year-old Gonzalez, the star of the national team in the early 2000s who recently earned an invitation to return to the Azkals after showing fine form in the UFL, took his tally to 29 goals for the season.
Clinically finishing off fluid attacking moves, striker Joven Bedic and Robert Canedo also scored for Pachanga, which has collected 52 out of a possible 54 points in its 18 matches.
Only in its first season in the UFL, Pachanga, a team also owned by Gonzalez, has racked up an astonishing total of 106 goals on its way to winning 17 matches and drawing one. Pachanga has only conceded seven goals.
“We’re scoring goals and hopefully it leads us to our target of winning the second division and get promotion to the first division next season,” said Pachanga coach Norman Fegidero, whose side reached the UFL Cup quarterfinals early this year.
In another second division clash, last-placed Lions Meltique Beef banged in two second half goals to salvage a 2-2 draw against Union Internacionale Manila.