25 February 2013

San Carlos to host U23 regional finals

High-caliber football action returns to San Carlos City in Negros Occidental as the city will host the 2013 Philippine Football Federation Suzuki Cup Under 23 Visayas Qualifiers at San Julio Realty football pitch on April 15 to 19.

Set to join the regional finals are the three football associations in the Visayas -- Iloilo Football Association, Negros Occidental Football Association, and the Cebu Football Association.

The announcement of the regional finals was made during last Friday's press conference at the San Julio Realty Clubhouse in San Carlos attended by PFF Competitions department head Cyril Dofitas, Suzuki General Manager on Automobile Sales and Marketing division Shuzo Hoshikura, and San Carlos Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr.

Dofitas thanked the Suzuki for supporting the Philippine football, particularly the U23 category, saying it will be a big help in scouting players who will represent the country in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar later this year.

Valmayor, on the other hand, assured the PFF of the city's full support for the tournament.

Meanwhile, the PFF Festital of Football held over the weekend in San Carlos drew participation from four FAs in the Visayas area.

The teams, Iloilo FA, Cebu FA, Negros Occ. FA, and Negros Oriental FAs, played a single round robin match with a 30-minute time in each half. Each team was also asked to recommend six elite players from their squad for the skills test event.

Among those who witnessed the football fest were PFF officials including technical director Aris Caslib, and competitions committee head Dick Emperado. National Under 13 head coach Aye Faboroada was tasked to scout for young football talents during the event.*NAB

visayan daily star

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