One of the world leaders in diesel engine, Isuzu, with its local arm, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), will be venturing into a new sport through its recently cemented partnership with the 2015 UFL Cup Champion, Kaya Football Club (Kaya FC).
Kaya FC, a local football club established in 1996 competes with other teams in the United Football League (UFL), the premier football league in the Philippines. The club is one of the top contenders in the league, having been first runner-up in two seasons, 2010 and 2012. Recently, the club emerged as the champions in the 2015 UFL Cup held last month.
Leading Kaya FC are Team Captain Alexander Borromeo and Vice-captain Chris Greatwich, who have played for the Philippine national team football team (Azkals). Joining them is a pool of professional football players, OJ Porteria, Kenshiro Daniels and Louis Clark to name a few. Local football fans know Kaya FC as the team with the “Never say die” attitude, thus the name Kaya, which means “We can”.
“Kaya FC is considered as one of the strongest teams in local football. The club has a winning attitude combined with determination and perseverance – very much like an Isuzu vehicle which can withstand even the toughest terrain” said IPC President Hajime Koso.
For the 2016 UFL, Isuzu will debut as the official vehicle partner for Kaya FC - making sure that the team will be able to transport their players and their equipment to and from stadiums in comfort and style. “When we thought of having a vehicle partner, we thought of something durable and reliable. Isuzu, with its proven performance, really fits the criteria” said Kaya FC General Manager Paul Tolentino.
For the upcoming season, Kaya FC will be using the Isuzu D-MAX as their official transporter - Isuzu’s reliable pick-up that has always been associated with the sporty lifestyle. The D-MAX is versatile, adapted for both for utility and sports/recreational activities. With its large pick-up box and spacious cabin, this model is a good choice for football players and their crew, especially in carrying all their equipment.
“We are confident that the D-MAX will be very beneficial to the team. It is proven tough and dependable – It’s perfect for the sport.” Koso added.