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United City FC Renews 3 Minegishi, Pasinabo, Badelic

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United City Football Club gears up for its Philippines Football League (PFL) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League campaign this year by locking in three veteran players.

In its social media accounts on Monday, the United City FC have announced the return of midfielders Hikaru Minegishi and Arnie Pasinabo and goalkeeper Florencio Badelic Jr.

Earlier this year, the football club already announced the renewal of goal keeper Anthony Pinthus.

According to the United City FC, they were able to renew the contract of 13 players from its 2020 PFL champion roster, while also securing the commitment of a minimum of 12 other players.

The United City recently lost several key players led by Manny Ott, who will have his next stint in Malaysia, as well as Jose Elmer Porteria and Dennis Villanueva, who have signed for Thailand’s top-tier clubs.

Also departing from the squad are Robert Lopez Mendy, who will next play in Cambodia, and Takashi Odawara, who have signed up with the Maziya S&RC from the Dhivehi Premiere League in Maldives.

United City FC is the defending champion in the third edition of the Copa Paulino Alcantara, which is being eyed for April, as well as in the PFL’s league season later this year.

In the 2021 AFC Champions League, United City FC were placed in Group I against current three-time Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale, China’s Beijing Guoan, and either South Korea’s Daegu FC or Thailand’s Chiangrai United.