11 May 2017

Local talents impress nat’l men’s U19 coach


NATIONAL U19 football coach Mari Aberasturi was impressed by the talents of local footballers in Northern Mindanao, even as he recommends more competitive matches for them to improve. Aberasturi, also the head coach of the National University football program, conducted trials for the national men’s U19 football team at the West Rdige Sports Park in Barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro. Some 61 players from Cagayan de Oro, Lanao del Sur, Bukidnon, Butuan, and Zamboanga showed up for the trials conducted with the help of Mindanao’s top football coach Percy Guarin. “Certainly Northern Mindanao is a rich source of football talents. I have identified many players who could play for the national team,” he said. Aberasturi, however, refused to name them yet as he still has to conduct trials in Davao City on Thursday, May 11. He also scheduled trials in Cebu, Bacolod, Luzon and Metro Manila. The national coach said that for players to improve their skills and competitiveness, they would need at least 40 matches a year. “That is why I am pushing for local clubs or FA’s (f ootball associations) to organize an eleven-a-side competition for teams from Northern Mindanao to keep players in shape and for them to learn and improve so that they can play professional football in the Philippines Football League (PFL) someday,” he said. Local FA Mocagesco president Percy Guarin is initially talking to several clubs from Butuan, Iligan, Valencia, Malaybalay and Cagayan de Oro to make this tournament happens. Aberasturi, an Asian Football Confedaration Class A coach, also said that these players who showed up for the trials are the future of Philippine football. “Let’s see in less than five years now, some of them will be playing in the PFL already or in the national team. It will only depend on how much hard work will they do to improve themselves,” he added. Aberasturi has eyed at least five players who can play in the national U19 from the Cagayan de Oro trials but refused to name them. He will select 35 players from Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Bacolod, Cebu, Luzon, and Metro Manila trials. The 35 players will then join the training pool which will hold camp before they will be trimmed down to 24 players for the AFF U18 2017 Championship on September 4 to 18 in Myanmar and the AFC U19 Championship 2018 qualifiers set on November 4to 8 in Cambodia.

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/sports/2017/05/11/local-talents-impress-natl-mens-u19-coach-541247


  1. mas madali mag develop ng players kapag meron din development sa facilites and coaching. yong talent nandyan yan kaya lang hindi sila mkpaglaro ng maayos dahil pangit ang estado ng pitch sa mga probinsya. sana maglaan din ng pundo sa coaching and facilities. dito sa amin puro lubak ang football field. kung saan saan talbog ng bola

  2. Tama ka sa mga sinabi mo at higit sa lahat kailangan din ng nation youth football league para hindi na sila puro patryout kung sinong mga nagpeperform ng maganda sila yung mapipili sa NT.

  3. Meh. These players might be good for domestic standards but once they play internationally they end up proving that they're pants! Its gonna be that way for the foreseeable future at least.

  4. Maybe merong isa o dalawa Dyan sa Cagayan pero the bulk of players will surely come in Manila dahil mga best players ng U19 ay kinuha na ng KayaFC, Global, Meralco at Ceres Negros dahil nag start na ngayon ang Youth Football League. Maraming Taga probinsya ang naglalaro ngayon doon at kinukuha na nga mga schools din.

  5. Too bad Coke for goal is no longer around. It was a nationwide tournament where the best young players were identified.

    1. Thats such an outdated setup though. They need to come up with a better setup in terms of development and competitions.

  6. Bakit kaya si Mari Aberasturi nlng palagi ang head coach ng Youth Teams? Hindi naman maganda ang performance nito sa mga previous teams na hinawakan. Malakas lng cguro sa PFF to at mamaya puro NU at San Beda lng mga kukunin sa line up dahil doon sya galing sa mga schools na yan...