Cebu Football Club takes on Mendiola FC 1991 on May 2

Originally published by Cebu Daily News Online

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Cebu Football Club will face the Mendiola FC 1991 in the Philippine Football League’s (PFL) Copa Paulino Alcantara on May 2, 2022, at the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.

The tournament started on Monday, March 14, with Manila FC and Kaya FC-Iloilo providing the opening match action.

The team’s first match was supposedly scheduled on May 8 but was moved to May 2, according to PFL. Their second match against United City FC on May 2 was rescheduled to May 8.

There’s been a lot of changes for the young Cebu-based professional football team after it entered the PFL last year in the same tournament.

This after Oliver Colina, who has been the team’s long-time coach since the Leylam FC days, was hired by the Azkals Developmental team or the Under-23 men’s national football team for the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Hanoi, Vietnam in May.

According to sources from CFC, Colina will be replaced by a Turkish coach as well as the assistant coaching position that was previously held by Alex Ballesteros.

The team’s management and officials has yet to announce the identities of the new head coach and assistant coach.

Nonetheless, the team’s roster, mostly composed of Cebuano booters, remains intact heading to the tournament.

The team also recently finished repairing the damages at their home stadium, the Dynamic Herb Borromeo Sports Complex, at South Road Properties after it was badly damaged by Typhoon Odette last December 16, 2021.

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