Manila, Philippines – Today’s signing of the agreement cemented the transfer of ownership of the
Ceres Negros Football Company, currently the #1 ranked team in ASEA and 3x defending
champion in the PFL, to a group of private investors which is managed by MMC Sportz Asia.
“We would like to thank Mr. Yanson and his team for agreeing to the transfer of the Club into our
name as this allows the players to continue participating in the Philippines Football League and
hopefully also in the AFC Cup for the 2020 season”, stated Eric Gottschalk, CEO of MMC Sportz
Asia, who will be the point of contact.
“We will now immediately apply for the permission with the PFF to re-name the Club to “United City
Football Club” and request the PFF to support our statement of intent to continue participating in
the AFC Cup ”, states Gottschalk.
“We would like to honor the legacy which Mr. Yanson created when he founded the Ceres Negros
Club and we will try to continue the development of Philippines football, especially the professional
league and the National Team.”
We will make additional announcements regarding the players and staff that have already
committed to join the new team and give a clear insight into the new ownership structure in the
coming days. We believe transparency on all levels is key to the success of the new team and will
unveil the names in due course.
“Our marketing activities are well under way, with the Fans at the heart of everything we do starting
with a logo competition, with the final decision to come from the players and the Fans.”
We are proud to also announce that we have received the commitment 16 of the original 21
registered Ceres Negros players (not including James Younghusband who has retired recently
from football), to play for the new Club with more details to be shared in the coming days”.
“We are also retaining almost the entire staff around General Manager Ace Bright, and it is our
intent to have Coach Risto return as the Head Coach. The aim is to keep the team and staff
together as much as possible, and allow them the well-deserved chance to continue to play football
amid all the challenges that everyone has been facing”