A GROUP of private investors have formally taken over the country’s most successful football club, Ceres-Negros FC, and have expressed its plans to rename it United City Football Club.
The takeover, which is being led by MMC Sportz Asia, was announced in a press release. One of the first things on the group’s to-do list is to ask permission from the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) to rename the club to United City Football Club and express its intent to still compete in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.
“We will now immediately apply for permission with the PFF to rename the club to ‘United City Football Club’ and request the PFF to support our statement of intent to continue participating in the AFC Cup,” read the statement by MMC Sportz Asia CEO Eric Gottschalk.
Ceres-Negros FC is widely panned as the one of the finest clubs in the country with three Philippine Football League titles to its name. It also has competed in the AFC Cup. However, Ceres and its boss, Leo Ray Yanson, made the call to put the club up for sale with the Covid-19 pandemic affecting its core transportation business.
The new group has also said that it would honor the Busmen’s commitments in international football tournaments.
“We would like to thank Mr. Yanson and his team for agreeing to transfer of the club into our name as this allows the players to continue participating in the Philippines Football League and hopefully also in the AFC Cup for the 2020 season,” said Gottschalk. (JNP)