Now near PFF-Smart Championship semis, McMenemy says UFL still Loyola's main focus

Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

With one foot now on the PFF-Smart Club Championship semifinals, Loyola coach Simon McMenemy said that the upcoming UFL season remains the club's top priority.

Speaking to the press, McMenemy said, "This isn't necessary about winning this tournament.... Our eyes are on the [UFL], so this is just really a gear-up."

Entering Loyola's match against Kaya that could formalize its entry to the Final Four, the former Azkals' chief tactician is confident that the team will beat its fellow UFL stronghold.

"We have a strong squad now," McMenemy said.

Currently leading its quarterfinal group, tagged as the "group of death" with six points, Loyola needs only a draw in its 4 P.M. encounter against Kaya to cement its Final Four entry.

Kaya, on the other hand, needs to win the match and hope that Laos will hold its ground against defending champion Ceres in the 7 P.M. game to book its own semifinal berth. Kaya has a better goal difference than Ceres.

Ceres must hope that Loyola beats Kaya to get a golden opportunity to enter the semis.

Laos still has a shot to enter the semifinals, but it needs to blow out Ceres and hope that Loyola clobber Kaya to have a chance of making to the next round.