By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.
The board of directors of the Philippine Football Federation had decided to give the management of the U23 national football team, which will see action in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar next year, to transport magnate Leo Rey Yanson.
This was revealed Sunday by Ceres-La Salle Assistant Coach Ramon Janeo, as he claimed that the PFF Competition Chairman Cyril Dofitas arrived in Bacolod City last week to meet with Yanson for the initial talk on the issue.
Janeo added that PFF President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta and PFF Secretary-General, Lawyer Rolando Tulay, will be arriving in Bacolod at the end of the month to meet with Yanson and finalize the terms and conditions of the deal.
Among the justifications of the capability of Yanson to manage the team is the recent victories of Ceres-La Salle varsity team and Ceres-La Salle U19 over the Teen Azkals U19 squad.
During the varsity squad’s win last August 8 at the home pitch of the University of St. La Salle, Joshua Beloya led the team with 2 consecutive goals in the first half alongside Aldrin Dolino’s share of goal for a 3-nil advantage.
Prince Hanessen Anthony and Joel Bedia nailed a goal each to seal the match at 5-nil. On the other hand, Paolo Sanchez scored Ceres-La Salle U19 lone goal during the squads’ triumph last August 10 at the Ayala North Point ground.
Aside from these successful match-ups, the PFF officials also noticed the remarkable performance of the Ceres Team in this year’s PFF-Suzuki Cup Visayas Regional qualifying.
The team, likewise, became the tournament’s defending champion after it demolished Iloilo in the home-and-away finals. That was 3-1 in an away game played at the Central Philippine University in Iloilo and 9-nil in its home game at Panaad Park and Stadium. /WDJ