07 December 2011

Cebuano coach of PH U13 football team sets training camp in San Carlos City next week

By Cheska D. Geli

Thursday, December 8, 2011

THE Little Azkals will cap this year’s activities with a weeklong training camp on Dec. 15 to 22 in San Carlos City that will also serve as the selection process for the Italy training camp.

Head coach Oliver Colina and the rest of the coaching staff will evaluate the performance of the players from July until the final activity next week to pick the 24 players who will go to Palermo, Italy next year.

Colina said that players who cannot join the training camp this December will also miss their chance to join the team bound for Italy.

The team currently has 30 players with seven Cebuanos in the lineup. He encouraged all his players to commit for the training camp.

“They have to play hard and earn their spots in the team. They can’t be complacent about this camp,” said Colina.

The 13-Under national team has been doing a series of training camps and has also joined various tournaments around the country since competing in the AFC U-13 Football Festival in July.

The team joined the Treadtel Cup in Cebu, had a friendly game in Cagayan and had an assessment with German coach Eckhart Krautzun, who once coached the Philippine team in the 1991 Southeast Asian Games.

“The last one really helped us to start establishing a team philosophy that would make us unique from other teams,” said Colina.

Colina has yet to finalize the content of the training but he promised to have four to five matches in the last three days of the camp.

The 24-man squad will be released either in the last week this month or the first week of January.

Colina’s calendar is open from January to March and he hopes the team can join a tournament before the team leaves in the third week of April.

After the camp in Italy, the team will have the whole month of May to prepare for the AFC U-14 Festival of Football in June.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 08, 2011.


  1. now we're talking, this is good stuff, very good stuff. "there is no such thing as RAW athletic talent in football. it takes a lifetime of training, beginning at an early age, to master the skills" -- pele.

  2. “They have to play hard and earn their spots in the team. They can’t be complacent about this camp,” said Colina.

    What a joke! What about Lorenzo Genco whos in Italy? How are you going to evaluate him? For sure he's going to have an automatic slot in the team. What can you say Colina?

  3. this genko any good?

  4. San Carlos City, Negros training camp was postponed.

  5. Genco is in a prestigious Football academy in Italy and I think the coach had to select him as his training is way above compared to local players and besides he's not a Fil-foreigner he's just there studying and learning football. The kid is based in Cebu when school is in break.

  6. The real reason why Genco made it to the national team is because he is the son of the owner of the club where Colina and montayre worked. So what can you expect? Palakasan! These people are cowed by the mother of this Genco.