United City set to hold training camp in Dubai

Published May 22, 2021, 8:26 PM

by Jonas Terrado

PFL champion United City is set to hold a training camp in Dubai

United City will hold a training camp in Dubai as part of preparations for its campaign in the AFC Champions League next month.

The club said the camp is slated to start on May 30 after the COVID-19 situation in the country forced last year’s Philippines Football League champions to set up its Champions League buildup abroad.

“We believe Dubai with its world class training facilities is the ideal location for an optimal preparation for our historic AFC campaign,” said United City CEO Eric Gottschalk.

“We are not able to gather as a team in Manila so we are left with no option other than training elsewhere,” he added.

Uzbekistan will host all matches in Group I where United City was drawn alongside China’s Beijing FC, Japan champion Kawasaki Frontale and the winner of the playoff match between South Korea’s Daegu and Thailand’s Chiangrai United.

Star striker Bienvenido Maranon, whose naturalization is still in the process of being completed, is expected to be among the players and coaches who will arrive on the said date for the camp.

Team captain Stephan Schrock and Mark Hartmann, on the other hand, will join the club as soon as they finish their national team duties with the Philippine Azkals in the World Cup/Asian Cup Qualifiers in Suzhou, China.