After a five-year stint with Ceres-Negros FC, Fil-German winger Patrick Reichelt announced he is leaving the club but will be back “when the time is right”.
Reichelt’s departure from the team was announced yesterday by the club on its website, saying that the veteran footballers cited personal reasons for his sudden departure.
“In 2014, I came to join this beautiful club with nothing to expect and what I am leaving with is thousands of memorable moments, new friends, a home, and lots of new family. You have given me so much in my life and I will be forever grateful.” Reichelt told the club in a personal statement.
“My football heart will be forever yellow. I have never intended to really make a change, Ceres is home. But some personal problems in my life made me decide to look for something new, something fresh first.
“We are parting in good ways and I wanna thank coach Risto, the club and especially the owner, my beloved friend, for giving me the chance for this,” Reichelt posted on his facebook account. .
He also thanked club owner Leo Rey Yanson, whom he said is like a big brother to him.
“You became like a big brother to me and for what you have done to this city, for this team and for me, you will always have my dearest respect and gratitude. You are not just an owner but a hero to Bacolod and it’s people,” Reichelt said.
In response, Ceres-Negros FC club administrator Nicolas Golez said that the club supports Reichelt’s decision.
“Although it is with a heavy heart as he has been with the club for the past memorable years. He has contributed to the growth and awards that the Club has achieved. We have nothing but good wishes for Kiki in his new endeavors,” Golez said.
Ceres will play against Yangon United on Feb. 5 at the Panaad Stadium for the preliminaries of AFC Champions League.
With Reichelt out of the club’s lineup, Golez said Coach Risto Vidakovic is tasked to find a replacement for Reichelt that is suited for the needs of the club.
“In his five-year stay with Ceres, Reichelt has won everything for the club which includes three league titles in the UFL and the PFL and was a heavy contributor in the club’s history especially in AFC competitions such as the AFC Presidents Cup, AFC Cup, and the AFC Champions League,” the club said in an article posted on its website.*
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