From UFL Media Officer Jing Jamlang:
Global, Loyola Meralco Sparks, Nomads and Green Archers United all booked their place in the semi-finals of the UFL Preseason, as the second group stage wrapped up night.
The Archers moved on after a 4-0 win over Nomads, who go through at the expense of Stallion. Having won 5-1 against the double-champs in their first match in the second round, Nomads will be looking to rediscover their form when the semi-finals start on .
Despite losing against Kaya, 2-1, in their final group stage match, Loyola will still move on to the next round, advancing on goal difference, after their recent 3-1 loss to Global was overturned, 3-0, in their favor.
On September 24, the UFL Disciplinary Committee made the decision to forfeit and award in favor of Global’s opponents, matches where disputed player Rufinho Sanchez was involved. Having failed to secure a Player Transfer Certificate from Stallion, last year’s top scorer was deemed ineligible to play for Global, and will remain so until the dispute is either settled by the two involved clubs, or until the UFL passes judgment on whether Sanchez will be considered a free agent or a Stallion player.
Until then, any involvement of Sanchez in any Global matches will be met with further sanctions from the UFL.
The UFL Preseason semi-finals are set to be played next at the Emperador Stadium, a week later than originally scheduled. The move was made in order to accommodate Global’s participation in the semi-finals of the RHB Singapore Cup, where they will play Tanjong Pagar United in a two-legged tie.
Having already defeated Warriors FC, the Cup’s defending champions, and a valiant Brunei DPMM side en route to the semis, Global are in prime position to make history for Philippine club football by bettering Loyola’s semi-final exit in the same competition last year.
The UFL is extremely proud to have clubs representing the league at a regional level and wishes Global the best of luck in their endeavors in the Singapore Cup.