FORTY-SEVEN squads, bannered by the men’s open, are set to vie for top honors for the staging of the Baguio Charter Day Football Tournament at the Melvin Jones football grounds that formally kicks-off Saturday.
The tournament is still part of the founding celebration, Baguio, through Councilor Elmer Datuin, in cooperation with the Baguio United Football Club Inc. and the City Sports Office.
Aside from the tournament, a football festival and training for six and eight under will also commence for the grassroots development program being pushed by Fifa, which is not tournament-oriented but development-oriented.
Seventeen teams are expected to see action in the tough men’s open bannered by men’s national finalist Goshenland Baguio United Football Club, African Boys, Dongola, UB Football Team, Tarlac-Team Tarebalak, University of Northern Philippines, BUFC Squad, University of Melvin Jones (UMJ), PSU Team A and PSU Team B.
Also seen to join the fray in the men’s open are Shockers (c/o Steven Klimberg), Alumni Team-Benguet Alumni FC, Alumni Team B-Benguet Alumni FC, the Benguet State University Varsity squad, Baguio Tigers FC, Black Stars and Vigan Kugtaleros.
The ladies division will be bannered by the famed Baguio Ladies, PSU Team A, PSU Team B, BSU Ladies Team A, BSU Ladies Team B and BSU SLS team while the 16 under will have teams from BSU-SLS Team, Lubas Ole's, Baguio City National High School, Brent International School–Baguio, Hard 11 and New Life.
The 14 under division will have the Divinians (of Urdaneta), BSU SLS Team A, BSU SLS Team B, Lubas Ole's, Baguio City National High School, Brent International School-Baguio, Hard 11 and New Life.
Eight teams will be playing in the 12 under division led by Mighty Oaks (Oakridge International School, Dagupan City), Pine Trees, Flowers, Melvin Jones Football Academy, Small World Christian School Foundation, Inc.,Puguis A, Hard 11 and New Life.
The 10 under competition will have Puguis B, Melvin Jones Football Academy, Small World Christian School Foundation, Inc., Goshenland Team, and New Life. (Roderick Osis)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 24, 2011