By Jerome Galunan Jr.
Host-Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) Girl’s U16 and Cebu Football Association Boy’s U13 topped their respective categories after beating their opponents during the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Football Festival held last February 23-24 at the San Julio Realty Football fields in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.
John Carmona, PFF Visayas Regional Technical Director and San Carlos City Football Club Secretary-General, said that though there was no champion declared in the competed categories, medals were given to the top teams.
NOFA, represented by the San Carlos City Football Club, captured the Girls’ U16 division after beating Cebu FA, 2-nil as well as the team of Negros Oriental Football Association.
Meanwhile, CFA claimed the Boy’s U13 category by defeating Iloilo FA, 2-1 and NORFA, 5-1.
Carmona also disclosed that the PFF scouted players from the boys’ U13 and girls U16 divisions to be part of the national squad’s lineup which will compete in the upcoming Asian Football Confederation Boy’s U13 in Sabah, Malaysia on the first week of June, and the Girl’s U16 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam a week later.
The recent tournament is part of PFF’s grassroots football development program to scout elite players in each category for national youth teams.
Also present during the event were PFF Technical Director Aris Caslib, PFF Competition Committee Chairman Dick Emperado and National Boys’ U13 Head Coach Aye Faboroada. /