Karl Decena, InterAKTV ·
The United Football League has cancelled what would have been its first official match outside Metro Manila after deciding not to push through the Cup match between the Loyola Meralco Sparks and Green Archers United Globe in Cebu City next week.
UFL Head of Football Operations Ritchie Gannaban told InterAKTV that the match on November 10 was cancelled due to the aftermath of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Central Visayas last October. The tiff between Loyola and Green Archers was supposed to serve as an appetizer for the biggest football tournament in Cebu, the Aboitiz Football Cup.
“The match will not push through. Aboitiz decided to postpone the opening of the Aboitiz Cup due to earthquake related events,” Gannaban said.
The match would have marked the first time that the UFL had a provincial match especially in Cebu, one of the football hotbeds in the country. The league has also flirted with the idea of playing some matches outside Metro Manila last season.
A Cebu-based club, Cebu Queen City United, also currently plays in the UFL Cup as a guest team after taking a leave of absence last season.
The squad, which had an impressive third-place finish in the Division Two in 2012, didn’t participate in the Cup and League competitions last season following the UFL’s denial of its request of playing some matches in its hometown.