The United Football League stages its inaugural All-Star weekend on April 25 with the league’s finest Filipino players joining forces as they square off against a crack Rest of the World team at Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Phil Younghusband of the Loyola Meralco Sparks, OJ Porteria of Kaya and Manny Ott of Ceres are among those expected to banner the Filipino side in the All-Star game highlighting festivities that begin at 4 p.m.
The Western Visayas Classic pitting players from fierce rivals Negros Occidental and Iloilo will serve as the appetizer for the main All Star showcase.
“This is one way of giving back to our fans and as well as the league’s aim to continue inspiring the youth to take up the sport,” said UFL general manager Rely San Agustin yesterday at the PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
UFL marketing manager Rico Meneses said the players for the All Star game will be selected via online voting at www.football.com.ph as well as votes from media and Football Alliance which runs the league.
“We asked the 10 teams to nominate five Filipino and five foreign players to the All Star game and the fans will help decide which players can make the 18-player teams,” said Meneses.
San Agustin said Operation Smile has been selected as the beneficiary for the All Star weekend.
The festivities backed by LGR Sportswear and Giligans start with an 11 vs 100 match where captains of UFL first division teams will go up against 100 selected participants in the UFL Youth competition aged nine years old and below.
“It’s a chance for these young players to experience being on the same field as their idols,” said San Agustin.
Stallion’s Ruben Doctora will captain the Iloilo team in the Western Visayas Classic, while Ed Sacapano will skipper the Negros Occidental side.
“It’s the biggest rivalry in Philippine football,” said San Agustin referring to the Negros-Ilolo clash. “It’s all about bragging rights as to which province is the best in football in the country.”
source : ufl.ph