Manila Nomads Sports Club

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Manila Nomads Sports Club
Nickname(s)The Nomads
Founded1914; 106 years ago (1914) in Manila, Philippine Islands
GroundSan Lazaro Leisure Park
OwnerManila Nomads Sports Club
PresidentJena Fetalino
Head coachRonaldo Luis Bernardo[1]
LeagueUnited Football League
WebsiteClub website

The Manila Nomads Sports Club, or simply the Nomads Sports Club or the Manila Nomads, is a sports club based in Carmona, Cavite, Philippines. For much of its history its grounds was situated within Metro Manila with its last ground within the metropolis located at the Merville area in Parañaque from 1969 to 2017.

The sports club primarily focuses on its association football team which played in the now-defunct United Football League, which was the highest level of Philippine club football. In 2011, the Nomads football team won the UFL Division 2 title after being runner-up in 2010. Formed in 1914, it is the oldest active football club in the Philippines. The club is also known for its activities in rugby.


Manila Nomads F.C. was founded in 1914 by members of the Manila Club which primarily is a club for Britons and the oldest existing club in the country. James Walker Cairns, who was born in Scotland in 1870 was the first president of the sports club. Cairns served the position from 1914 to 1934. The FIFA Book of Record, lists the football team of Manila Nomads as the first Philippine Football Champion, winning the local league in 1914. The initial site of the club was built near the Manila Club on the corner of Marquins de Comillas and Padre Faura next to the Paco Cemetery. World War II interrupted the activities of the club.[2][3]

The facilities of the Manila Club were destroyed during the Liberation of Manila. After the war the Nomads used the grounds for their activities and were involved with the rebuilding of the Manila Club which is now occupied by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. It was proposed for the Manila Club and Manila Nomads to be merged but did not push through with the plan after members decided on the matter during a general meeting of the Manila Club.[3]

On January 14, 1949, the Nomads Sports Club was registered as a non-profit corporation in accordance to Philippine law. In 1949/50, a new ground and clubhouse of the Nomads was constructed in Makati, near the corner of current Pasay Road and EDSA. In the 1960s, the club looked for another location after an offer to sell the property to the club was declined by the Board of Directors of the Nomads. The sports club moved to Merville in 1969. The facility was improved upon with the addition of two tennis courts in 1977, a junior Olympic size swimming pool and changing room was added in 1981 as a result of a joint venture with the British School, the first and only lawn bowls green in the Philippines was added in 1988.[3]

In 2016, the forced closure of the Nomad's grounds was announced. The last rugby match held in the venue was the 2016 SPI 15s league grand final between the Nomads and the Alabang Eagles Rugby Club where the latter won over the former, 24–16.[4] By early 2017, the club has moved to the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.[5]



The men's football team of the Manila Nomads was the oldest section of the sports club having won the Philippine National Championships in 1924.[6]

United Football League[edit]

Manila Nomads was one of the founding members of the United Football League and played in both divisions since the league started as a semi-professional football league in 2009.

After winning the UFL Division 2 title in the 2011 season, the Nomads, along with two other clubs, were promoted to the first division.

In the 2012 season, the club ended the season 7th in the table. In the 2013 season, the club finished 8th in the table.

However, before the start of the 2014 season, Manila Nomads chose to self-relegate to the second division due to a new 5-foreign player cap rule, being a team that consists mainly of expats. They decided not to participate of the league tournament of the 2015 season to build a roster that would comply with the newly imposed regulation. They participated in the 2015 UFL Cup finishing at the bottom 16 but advanced to the play-offs following Global's disqualification.[7]

They returned to the 2016 season and participated at the 2016 UFL Cup. For the 2016 edition it was mandated that there would be no guest teams at the UFL Cup, and all participants are to enter the league competition.

Home Venue[edit]

Manila Nomads played its home games at Nomads Field in Parañaque, which has a capacity of 3,000 spectators.


Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2012 Fila Auction Manila
2012–13 Adidas Tune Hotels
2013–Present AtletA[8] PLDT Home Fibr
  • 1Major shirt sponsor (names located at the front of the shirt).
  • 2Secondary sponsor (names mostly located at the back of the shirt).

Technical Staff and Management[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Chairman Shane Cosgrove England English
General Manager Eric Antoine United States American
Team Manager Marlon Hwang South Korea South Korean
Head Coach Ronaldo Luis Bernardo Brazil Brazilian
Assistant Coach Aber John Luzgal Philippines Filipino

First Team Squad[edit]

As of 7 May 2016[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 Philippines DF Carl Amisola
8 Cameroon MF Madi Taniform Nji
9 South Korea MF Hwang Jong-won
10 Ghana MF Stephen Appiah
12 Philippines MF Kevin Regan Biñas
14 Nigeria DF Michael Okeagu
15 Philippines MF Alfred Epili
17 Philippines DF Dennis Zacal Jr.
18 Nigeria MF Ubiam Okoro
19 Nigeria FW Fidelis Nnabuife
No. Position Player
21 Philippines FW Fedricco Rabaya
22 Ghana DF Isaac Acheapong
23 Philippines MF Paulo Enrile
24 Philippines FW James Eje
25 Philippines GK Patrick Domingo
47 Nigeria MF Alu Kigbu
77 Philippines DF Manuel Yuhico
80 Nigeria MF Ifeanyi Elias Ugwu
88 Philippines GK Joshua Cruz
89 Ivory Coast DF Lassana Fofana
90 Philippines Jon Aaron Nebresa
97 Philippines MF Juan Gonzales


In the United Football League, there can be more than five non-Filipino nationals in a team as long as they are registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals.

  • Cameroon Madi Taniform Nji
  • Ghana Isaac Acheapong
  • Ghana Stephen Appiah
  • Ivory Coast Lassana Fofana
  • Nigeria Alu Kigbu
  • Nigeria Fidelis Nnabuife
  • Nigeria Michael Okeagu
  • Nigeria Ubiam Okoro
  • Nigeria Ifeanyi Elias Ugwu
  • South Korea Hwang Jong-won


Season Division Tms. Pos. PFF NMCC UFL Cup FA LC FA Cup UFL PSC
2010 2 8 2nd Groupe Stage
2011 2 8 1st Quarter-finals
2012 1 10 7th Quarter-finals
2013 1 10 8th Round of 16 Group Stage 4th
2014 2 12 7th
2015 Do Not Participated Round of 16
2016 1 12 8th TBD
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • TBD = To be determined
  • DNQ = Did not qualify

Note: Performances of the club indicated here was after the UFL created (as a semi-pro league) in 2009.


Domestic competitions[edit]
  • Philippines Football Championship
  • Winners: 1914[9]


The Manila Nomads also organizes a women's football team which was known as the Nomads StretchMarks. The "StretchMarks" name was coined from the name of Mark Hartmann, the first coach of the team and the fact that the team composes mostly of mothers. They have participated in at least 15 competitions and has joined the Weekend Football League in 2011.[10]

A women's team organized by the club will participate in the 2019 season of the PFF Women's League.


Cricket has been played in the Nomads since the club's inception. The Manila Nomads hosts the only grassed cricket-playing arena in Manila. The Philippines Cricket Association has its official base within the sports club's grounds.[11]

Other sports[edit]

Badminton, Rugby union, Tennis, Squash and Lawn Bowls are other sports accommodated by Manila Nomads.


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  5. ^ "Rugby: Manila 10s finds new home at San Lazaro Leisure Park". ABS-CBN News. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
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  7. ^ Saldajeno, Ivan (13 August 2015). "Nomads set to return to UFL next season". Dugout Philippines. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Nomads and AtletA Sign Partnership Agreement". Nomad Sports Club. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  9. ^ Schöggl, Hans. "Philippines – List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 14 December 2009.
  10. ^ "Sports – Ladies Football". Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Sports – Cricket". Retrieved 5 August 2015.

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