The face of the local collegiate football scene is finally taking his next act to the next level.
Jarvey Gayoso is skipping his final playing year with the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) to play for a local football club in the Philippines Football League (PFL) despite offers from foreign clubs for his service.
“Although this was a tough decision to make, ultimately I had to choose what I believe would be what’s best for me and my future,’’ said Gayoso in a post from his Instagram account, quoted in a report of Tiebreaker Times.
‘’After my stint at this year’s Southeast Asian games, God blessed me with an opportunity to play professional football overseas,” Gayoso added as he decided to pursue an undisclosed football club to further hone his skills and also finish his studies at Ateneo.
“The Ateneo and the Ateneo Men’s football team have prepared me well enough for my next step. I know the team will continue to represent the Ateneo name with the highest honor,” Gayoso further added.
According to a report of ESPN5.com’s Paolo del Rosario, the undisclosed team is the Azkals Development Team (ADT), managed by the Philippine Azkals management, which is set to compete in the upcoming season of PFL, starting in March.
Gayoso, son of retired basketball player Jayvee Gayoso and grandson of Olympian and basketball legend Ed Ocampo, won two UAAP men’s football championships with the Blue Eagles in 2017 and 2019.
The 22-year-old scored 50 goals in 63 appearances in his four-year stint with the Blue Eagles.
He is also part of the Philippine Azkals squad after making a seniors debut in 2017 during the CTFA International Tournament and named to U-19, U-22, and U-23 teams. His last international campaign is being part of the U-22 team competed in the 2019 Manila SEA Games, which he played significant minutes in the squad.
Gayoso is hopeful after his stint in the PFL, playing for a foreign club will be next for him just like other UAAP standouts Amani Aguinaldo, Marco Casambre and Patrick Deyto.
Green Archers United to skip 2020 PFL season
Green Archers United announced last January 9th they will skip the 2020 Philippines Football League (PFL) due to unsatisfied media coverage.
“After consultation with our sponsors and careful assessment of the values of our club, we have come to a decision to defer our participation in this year’s PFL competition,” said the club on the statement posted on their Facebook page, quoted in a report of Philippine News Agency.
Green Archers United finished fourth in the last 2019 PFL season with 35 points in their lone season in the PFL as expansion club together with Mendiola FC 1991 and Philippine Air Force.
The club also competed in the 2019 Copa Paulino Alcantara, which the club failed to qualify for the semifinals.
Joel Villarino called the shot for Green Archers United last season.
‘’We were hopeful that the media coverage promised in the 2019 PPL/PFL season would materialize. Unfortunately, this did not happen and has put in question the viability and sustainability of fielding a team and participating this year,” the club added in their statement as PFL had no TV partner for the second straight season after the inaugural season has PTV-4 for their TV coverage.
Green Archers United competed in the United Football League (UFL), the former top-tier football league in the country, which they won several championships and Philippine Premier League (PPL) in early 2019 but the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) pulled the plug in the PPL due to mismanagement of the league, leading into the resurrection of the PFL under the auspice of PFF.
“Green Archers United will continue the various other football projects & programs which we have built over the past 10 years in cooperation with our sponsors – Globe Football Para Sa Bayan, our outreach in Muntinlupa FC football school, the GAU Youth program, support for the WFL, participation in the YFL, as well as some new initiatives we have in mind that will have greater impact to the development of Philippine Football. We commit to continue to use football to do good and help others in our community,” the statement closed.