By Jerome S. Galunan, Jr.
Defending PFF-Smart Club Championship regional champion and hostNegros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) is in tough preparation ahead of the regional qualifying scheduledNovember 10-15, 2015 at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
NOFA will be defending its crown against top football associations in the Visayas, namely: Iloilo FA, Cebu FA, Negros Oriental FA, Capiz FA, Leyte FA, Bohol FA, Calbayog, and Northern Samar.
Recently-crowned champion Central Philippines State University (CPSU) of San Carlos Citywill lead NOFA’s pool alongside several selections from runner-up Ceres-La Salle Varsity, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, and College of St. Benilde.
San Carlos FC head coach John Carmona yesterday named some players in the pool which includes CPSU’s Jerald Paparon, Diomar Caruscay, Jasper Layagon, Francis Jada Polvodrido, Timothy Bolo, Elton de Arce, Arjun Barangan, Arvin Bayani, Jordan Junco, Archie Pamiliar, Kharl de Jesus and Floric Bayonas; USLS’ Usman Ilimona, Aoki Harunori, Jo Warren Bedia, Joshua Dutosme, Regie Cisneros, Nessi Ramos, Kent Guevarra, Angelo Bayohan, Allian Alfonso, Van Llyod Baguioro and keeper Carlos Pinote; UNO-R’s Randee John Temana, Paolo Sanchez and Marivic Gancita; and St. Benilde’s Sidney Magbanua.
“We are still finalizing the list of foreign reinforcements,” he added.
“We have to choose the best for NOFA. Thus, we are conducting a series of tryouts and practice matches so we can see if there are still good players up for grabs. It’s important to look at the key positions and we already scouted several,” Carmona stressed.
Helping Carmona in the coaching staff are Virgilio Subrado and Jeruel Gines.
NOFA President Ricky Yanson said the association is ready for the hosting of the regional qualifying unless there will bechanges from the Philippine Football Federation./