By Henry C. Villalva
THE 2nd RP-Malaysia Veterans' Football Tournament reels off starting May 29, Saturday until May 30, Sunday at the Panaad Sports & Recreational Park pitch in Barangay Mansilingan.
The 40-above event, organized by the Executive Village Football Club headed by businessman Rafael "Junie" Lizares in cooperation with Bacolod United FC and Real Negrense FC, features the following teams: Malaysia, Bacolod United FC, Real Negrense FC, Talisay Minuluan FC, Erco-Cebu, Iloilo FA, NORFA, Dumaguete, CMOFA, Cagayan de Oro, Loyola FC, Manila, and Blue Guards FC-Manila.
The event also serves as a reunion of sorts for former Malaysia national players and their former RP national counterparts from Negros who used to play through a regular friendly annual exchange in the event dubbed as the Philippine Cup regularly staged here during the incumbency of former PFF president Ricardo "Cano" Tan as president of the Negros Occidental Football Association (Nofa) in the 1990s.
The Malaysians are being headed by former national Tony Mariadas, publisher of Malay Mail, a leading Malaysian daily published in Kuala Lumpur and a longtime friend to many Negrense football enthusiasts through the years including Tan, former PFF general secretary Edward Magallona and ex-Nofa officials Jerry Justiniani, Bebot Padilla and Amancio Ferrris, Jr., among others.
The managers's meeting is scheduled Friday at 6:00 p.m. at the Luxur's Place (formerly Convention Plaza Hotel) while opening ceremonies is scheduled on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Panaad pitch.
All matches in the two-game series are open to the public for free, organizers said.
Sun Star Bacolod