CEBU Queen City United (CQCU) head coach Mario Ceniza hopes his team can extend its winning streak and clinch the top spot of Group C as it takes on winless Agila FC in the UFL Cup tonight at the Emperador Stadium.
“We already advanced to the next round. But we would want to finish at the top of the group, the winner’s half, so that we won’t face the top teams in the other groups,” Ceniza told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.
CQCU faces Agila FC in its last match of the group stage at the Emperador Stadium in Bonifacio Global City at 9 p.m. after an impressive 4-1 win over defending champions Stallion FC last Oct. 20.
Ceniza expects his team to perform the same way they did in that match against Agila FC.
“We are looking at attacking the flanks because those are the weak areas according to our scouting report. However, we will still have the same game plan we had in our last game,” said Ceniza, referring to his strategy of controlling the midfield, which he believes is the strength of his team.
CQCU had an impressive first match in the UFL Cup, crushing the Philippine Air Force (PAF), 3-0, before earning a draw with Bright Star FC, 2-2.
CQCU along with PAF and Stallion FC are off to the Round of 16.
Other clubs that have advanced to the next round are Pachanga Diliman FC, Manila Jeepney FC, Kaya FC, Union Internacional Manila, Global FC, Green Archers and Loyola FC.
On the other hand, the fate of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF)- Smart National Club Championship Group E match between CQCU and Global FC is still undetermined.
“There is still no date or venue. It is a sensitive issue and there are factors to consider,” said Ceniza. “We are ready to face them. We have no problem facing them.”
CQCU was supposed to enter the next round after beating Hijos FC, 8-1, last month but Global FC, who was earlier disqualified, won its appeal.