26 May 2010

4 Cebuanos gain slots in RP U-14 football team

FOUR CEBUANOS made it to the RP Under-14 team after taking part in a six-week training at the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) in Liloan town, northern Cebu.

The four are Jose Rafael Lipardo and Pericles Dakay Jr. of Paref Springdale; Renko Gaudiel of Bright Academy and Clint Ligan of the Mandaue Technical Institute.

The four are part of the 22 players who make up the RP U14 team which will see action in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 Festival of Football in Malaysia from June 2 to 6.

They were drawn by RP U14 team coaching staff headed by Oliver Colina.

The rest of the team are Francis Louise Polvorido, Jhoguev Ybanez and Mark Willem Cui of the Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA); Angelo Gabriel Bahoyan, Raymund Santillan, Ricky Ryan Ragay and Joey Adrian de la Sierra of Negros Oriental Football Association (NORFA); Earl Real Laguerta, Bertrand Gregg Ramos III and Jericho Brando Gonzales of Bukidnon; Skie Doug Carranza, Paolo Gabriel Alilam and Rean Jay Villafuerte of Luzon; Miko Tirador, Renz Richard Portigo, Irvin Terazona and Zaldy Abraham of Iloilo; and Carlos Patrick Magsadia of the National Capital Region (NCR).

The RP U14 training camp was held in Cebu marking the first time that a grassroots development had its training here.

PFF president Mari Martinez, who attended yesterday's presscon at the Casino Espanol, said Cebu became the target area for the training camp because they wanted to regionalize the team.

“After the team that we sent last year did not fare well in the AFC footballfest, we wanted a team which would be composed of players coming from Visayas and Mindanao as well,” Martinez said.

The team will be leaving for Malaysia on May 30.

Aside from Colina, the team will be accompanied by team manager Ricky Dakay, team coordinator Raffy Musni, loacl assistant coaches Allan Medalla and Dennis Penalosa, and team physiotherapist Iris Fortuna in Malaysia.

Cebu Daily News

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