San Carlos City’s CPSU leads PFF-Smart Cup Provincial leg
By Henry G. Double
San Carlos City-based Central Philippine State University (CPSU) started with an unblemished 2-0 win-loss record as this year’s Philippine Football Federation (PFF)-Smart Club Championship Provincial Qualifying kicked off Friday at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.
For the first time since the provincial tournament unfolded two years ago, an unfamiliar team took control in the early stage of the competition.
Initially, CPSU defeated defending champion Ceres-La Salle Varsity, 2-1 in the opening day behind Elton John de Arce and Majie Taliform.
On Saturday, San Carlos survived another biggie University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, 2-1 with Taliform scoring his second in the tournament this time with Gerald Paparon.
Ceres-La Salle snatched the second spot with a pair of wins against Kabankalan City FC and Carlos Hilado Memorial State College-Talisay.
PFF Regional Technical Director John Carmona, an official of San Carlos City Football Club, said that in order to put CPSU on the map of football, they have to adapt the national and international trends.
“Through good leadership, we were able to select the best players to be part of the team and of course, convinced our players that it’s not impossible to beat the best teams in the province and in the country despite minimal resources,” he said.
CPSU, which then represented Western Visayas, defeated Central Mindanao University of Region 10 to claim the 2015 National State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association championship title during the national competition held in Tuguegarao, Cagayan Valley.
CPSU will next face Kabankalanons and Talisaynons on Sunday.
This single-round robin tournament is expected to end second week of August with top two teams advancing into the finals.