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UFL: Kaya FC hires Uruguayan-Spanish coach ahead of League competition

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United Football League squad Kaya FC has hired Uruguayan-Spanish coach Maor Rozen to lead the team for the upcoming League competition.

Kaya FC owner Santi Araneta confirmed that Rozen will replace former coach Kale Alvarez, who resigned from his post this month after serving in an interim basis since April.

Rozen holds a Union of European Football Associations Pro License, the highest qualification a coach can get in Europe.

A former player in Uruguay’s Premier League, Rozen handled former UFL team Union FC, as well as conducted various football clinics and coaching workshops in the country.

He also steered the Philippine national men’s Under-19 football team in the ASEAN Football Federation U-19 Championship last year, where the Musangs finished last in their group after losing all of their matches in the tournament.

Rozen will be taking over Kaya which had decent performances under Alvarez. The club finished as a runner-up in League competition last season, falling short to champion Global only in goal differential.

The two squads also met in the Cup quarterfinals last November, with Kaya bowing to a 2-1 loss for an early exit despite being considered as one of the favorites to win the crown.

Rozen’s addition is another significant move Kaya did in the offseason after signing long-time national team player Chris Greatwich this month.

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