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Kaya Futbol Club-Iloilo Retains De Bruycker, Horikoshi

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Kaya Futbol Club-Iloilo is slowly fortifying its roster ahead of the local and international competitions this year by re-signing Dylan De Bruycker and Japanese Daizo Horikoshi.

The Filipino-Belgian De Bruycker, who is on his second season with the Iloilo City-based football club, will continue to bring a wealth of experience, having played on the international level with the Azkals.

De Bruycker has suited up for the Philippine team in 2017 for 2018 AFC Under-23 Championship qualification. He also made it to back-to-back Southeast Asian Games squads, the first in 2017 and the other last year.

Horikoshi, on the other hand, will continue to add stability to the squad, with the Japanese having played for Singapore’s Albirex Niigata in 2020.

The Iloilo City-based football club is scheduled to face Australia’s Brisbane Roar in the preliminary round of the AFC Champions League on April 7 with the winner facing Beijing FC in a playoff for a spot in the group stage on April 14.

Should the club pull off two consecutive upsets against the Aussie and Chinese side, they will compete in Group F of the AFC Champions League group stage against Thailand’s BG Pathum United FC, South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai, and Vietnam’s Viettel.

But, if Kaya-Iloilo drops either of the two matches, they will be relegated to the second tier 2021 AFC Cup for the second straight year and will battle either Shan United FC or Ayeyawady United FC from Myanmar, Terengganu FC from Malaysia, and Geylang International FC from Singapore.

Locally, Kaya-Iloilo will also participate in the Copa Paulino Alcantara tentatively scheduled for April, where they hope to regain the championship they lost to United City FC in 2019.