Nabunturan football star makes roster for Azkals AFF U-23 Championship
Nabunturan football star makes roster for Azkals AFF U-23 Championship
DAVAO CITY – Nabunturan, Davao de Oro football star Pocholo Arellano Bugas has made it to the 26-man roster of the Philippine men's U23 lineup set to compete at the AFF U23 Championship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia this month.

The Philippines’ campaign in Cambodia begins on Monday, February 14, against Timor Leste.

They face Cambodia and Brunei Darussalam on February 17 and 20, respectively, to wrap up their Group A matches.

Before making it to the roster of the Azkals, Bugas was part of the starting 11 of United City Football Club (UCFC) in its game against Kawasaki Frontale of Japan on July 5, 2021, at the Lokomotive stadium in Uzbekistan.

Bugas who has yet to play in college played well in his first international professional football match in the ongoing  Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League 2021.

However, despite his steady play UCFC fell to Frontale 2-0. Bugas, the UAAP season 82 juniors football's most valuable player while playing for Far Eastern University-Diliman high school, is proud and happy to be part of the UCFC in its international campaign.

Bugas is one of the top players of FEU in high school and also helped the school win many UAAP junior’s football crowns. After his high school football career, Bugas made headlines after he decided to play professionally instead of going straight to college football last year.

As one of the youngest members of UCFC, one of the top football teams in the Philippines, Bugas is also happy to be given the chance to play for the professional football team.

“It’s tough yet challenging but I’m thankful,” Bugas said. (Romeo Braceros Jr.)

Nabunturan, Davao de Oro football star Pocholo Arellano Bugas.Photo: Pocholo Arellano Bugas FB account
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