UCFC waiting for green light from Asian body

ONCE its gets the green light from Asian Football Confederation, the rebranded United City Football Club will play its AFC Cup ASEAN Zone Group G matches in Vietnam in September.

UCFC is the new name of Ceres Negros FC, one of two teams along with Kaya-Iloilo FC representing the Philippines in the second-tier continental club competition.

"We have to write to AFC (and tell them), this is the same team, except (with new) owners," PFF president Mariano "Nonong" Araneta said.

"There's a change in ownership, but it's basically the same team, with the same players. It's just a change of ownership," he added. "And I think AFC will agree to that, that it's just a change of the name itself, but the club is still the same as far as the competition is concerned."

UCFC took over the management from Ceres-Negros FC last week.

After successfully keeping Fil-German striker Stephan Schrock from bringing his talents overseas, UCFC was able to sign Schrock's Philippine Azkals teammates OJ Porteria and Sean Kane, as well as former collegiate standouts Jun Badelic and Ron Bayan, all of them were from the Busmen.

Spanish striker Bienve Marañon, the AFC Cup's all-time leading scorer with 35 goals, has earlier reiterated his commitment to play with the new management group and is expected to sign anytime soon.

Vietnam will be the centralized venue for the AFC Cup ASEAN Zone Groups G matches, which is scheduled to take place over three match days from September 23 to 29.

The matches will take place behind closed doors at Quang Ninh’s Cam Pha Stadium.