Cebu Football Club eyeing Copa Paulino Alcantara title

29 Apr 2022 | 08:26 | Football

Newbies from Cebu Football Club watch the championship with new coaches and players.  (DALE ISRAEL / INQUIRER VISAYAS)

Cebu Football Club is aiming for a Copa Paulino Alcantara victory (DALE ISRAEL / INQUIRER VISAYAS)

CEBU CITY – After a promising debut last year, Cebu Football Club (CFC) is aiming to win the prestigious Copa Paulino Alcantara football championship in 2022.

“Everybody is hungry (winning). Everyone is working hard. This year we really want to get the trophy. That’s our main goal this year — to win the cup,” said CFC captain Baris Tasci.

“Hopefully with new coaches and with new players from Turkey, hopefully we can achieve our goal of winning the cup this year.”

The CFC recently introduced their new head coach and assistant coach as well as six new team members who are expected to boost their bids in this year’s tournament.

The new head coach of the team is Mehmet Kakil, a veteran striker of the Turkish national team. He is also supported by Levent Ozturk, a fellow Turkish.

Most of the CFC players are notable young athletes compared to the veterans on other teams.

Their first match in the “Copa” is scheduled for April 25 at the PFF Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.

New members of the CFC team include Turkish nationals Mert Altinoz, Arda Cinkir, Nazim Ozkan as well as Filipino-Nigerian Chima Ozuka. Completing the new roster are young Filipinos John Ryll Eldian and John Cyril Sinoy.

On the other hand, coach Kakil wants to win game by game because they haven’t tried playing against other teams.

Kakil said changes to the game plan will be made. He said that from a defensive orientation, CFC will now focus on attack.

The coach says he is comfortable with an attacking playset, considering his experience as a “striker” back to his days as a player in Turkey.


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