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UFL postpones Cup final to give way to Azkals’ Suzuki Cup preparations

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The United Football League has postponed its scheduled Cup final to give way to the preparations of the Philippine national men’s football team in the upcoming ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup.

The title match between Global FC and Penson Stallion Giligan’s, originally scheduled Monday at 7.p.m. at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, have been moved to a still undetermined date, as has the third-place tiff between the Loyola Meralco Sparks and Green Archers United Globe.

UFL marketing manager Coco Torre said that the new date for the Cup final will be based on the performance of the Azkals in the Suzuki Cup, which will be played from November 24 to December 22.

“If they fail to qualify (for the) group stage, we play December 4. If they reach semis, December 15. If they reach finals, December 30,” Torre told InterAKTV.

A number of Azkals members are part of the competing teams in the postponed match date. Global, for one, has 10 players who are part of the roster for the Suzuki Cup, namely Marwin and Marvin Angeles, Misagh Bahadoran, Jeffrey Christiaens, Juani Guirado, Carli de Murga, Demit Omphroy, Patrick Reichelt, Matthew Uy and Denis Wolf of Global FC. Stallion only has one in Jason De Jong.

Meanwhile, the Sparks, who are vying for third place in the Cup, also have a handful of players who are members of the national team bound for Suzuki Cup, namely Anto Gonzales, Ref Cuaresma, Mark Hartmann and Phil and James Younghusband.

This is not the first time that the Cup final was moved to give way for the national team. Before the season started, the championship match was initially scheduled last Thursday, November 15. But the UFL then decided to move it to November 19 to allow players to suit up in the national team’s friendly game against Singapore.

The Azkals are looking to surpass their historic semifinal run in the Suzuki Cup two years ago.

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