Cebu FC gets provisional license to play in PFL

Published August 24, 2021, 2:12 PM

by Jonas Terrado

A club based in Cebu will participate in the planned opener of the Philippines Football League’s fifth season on Sept. 25.

The PFL announced Tuesday, Aug. 24 that Cebu FC will enter the fold after being granted a provisional license by the Philippine Football Federation’s First Instance Body.

Cebu FC becomes the seventh club in the PFL fold, joining defending champion United City FC, Kaya-Iloilo, Azkals Development Team, Stallion-Laguna, Mendiola FC 1991 and Maharlika-Manila.

Owned by Dynamic Sports Herb, Cebu FC has been busy signing players in anticipation of the license approval.

Some of the club’s signings were former players from University of the Philippines, namely Daniel Gadia, Ace Villanueva and Kintaro Miyagi.

Oliver Colina, an A-licensed coach who had a spell as Kaya mentor in the 2020 AFC Cup, will call the shots for Cebu FC.

The club has a football facility that has two FIFA-standard fields located in Talisay City.

It will be the third time that Cebu will venture into top flight football, following Queen City United in the defunct United Football League and former powerhouse Global FC.