The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) should be transparent in its programs, including the grassroots cloud of doubts be erased on running the organization.
There are so many queries that need to be clarified. First and foremost is the recruitment of foreign players instead of tapping local players and also tapping foreign coach instead of local ones. Well, we know there are lots to explain by PFF under the leadership of Ilonggo Mariano "Nonong" Araneta, of all of these things and especially in its so-called programs in propagating football in the country. Last Friday, one PFF personnel answered a query from sportswriters in Dumaguete City where the subsidy of FIFA goes and he claimed it goes to grassroots football program and other educational programs including the direct assistance to the national team. PFF has commitment for football in the country. However, last Friday’s open forum, it was known that some football clubs in the country are not supported partially or wholly by PFF- that is if they have commitment for football.
When asked their preparations to the 2013 PFF Suzuki National Cup, most of the teams that participate have difficulty in assembling their players and most important is the support to their teams. Iloilo Football Club where Araneta came from confided they have a hard time looking for sponsors in going to Dumaguete City. Maybe, only one team has the much needed support and thanks to Yanson siblings, Ricky and Leo Rey for their love of football, providing a world class football field back home at Ayala North in Talisay City. Then where is that commitment for football goes?
DUMAGUETE CITY - Cebu Football Club posted its second straight win beating Iligan-Lanao, 1-0 in the 2013 PFF- Suzuki U23 National Cup at the Gov. Mariano Perdices Memorial football field in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental yesterday.
Ben Lorenzo Magbanua did the trick in the 53rd minute to upend close defense of one of three teams from Mindanao, which had a draw with Baguio-Benguet (1-all) in the inaugural match Friday.
Magbanua’s heroic followed teammate’s Rikko Cedric De Guzman goal after the latter connected in the 75th minute to beat North Cotabato, 1-0, also Friday.
The coaches of nine teams during the Media Thanksgiving Dinner at Bethel Guest House in Dumaguete City last Friday. Cyril Dofitas of PFF also attended with Suzuki Philippines Eiji Kobayashi, General Manager for Motorcycles.* (H. James G. Toga/NDB)
Also yesterday, Iloilo defeated North Cotabato, 2-0 with Stephen John Lavega having hit in 45th minute of the first half and Rudane Tamon followed in the 56th minute of the second half.
DUMAGUETE CITY - Rikko Cedric De Guzman delivered what it needed for Cebu in the 75th minute to beat North Cotabato, 1-0; while Baguio and Iligan-Lanao Del Norte stand to 1-all draw in their debut matches in the PFF -Suzuki U23 National Cup in Dumaguete City yesterday afternoon.
Earlier, Baguio seem headed for the victory after Audie Menzi hit on the direct free kick in the 55th minute but himself was pulled out from the game after sustaining foot injury after the go-ahead goal.
However, Iligan got a good game in the 87th minute after BJ Rojo responded with a header on a corner kick of his teammate that ended in a 1-all draw.
Panasonic (3-0) tries to maintain its clean slate while Sharp (2-1) looks for the right time and combination to beat the league leaders in the Condura Cup on Sunday, May 19.
Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Po Hang gym when the BUS Group-organized 2nd invitational for 40-Up professionals goes up for its fourth tomorrow.
Negros Basketball Group (2-1) and PESO BAYS Club (1-2) keep its hope alive for the second spot behind Panasonic when last week’s losers face each other at 11:00 a.m.
Deding’s Eatery (1-2) and NHOJs complete the tripleheader at 1 p.m. with the Foodmasters trying to improve its standing. The luckless and always incomplete ex-Stingers will need all its animo La Salle energy to escape the bottom pit. The obviously-out-of-shape former varsitarians could compete in the first half but lost steam in the homestretch. The La Sallians may spring a surprise in their last 2 games in the elimination round.
New York kept its flickering hopes alive with a methodical 85-75 triumph over Indiana over at the Madison Square Garden in last Friday’s Game 5 to trim the Knicks’ series deficit to 3-2 in their best-of-seven tussle for a conference finals seat.
Game 6 will be in Indianapolis where the Pacers will be aiming for no less than a victory in order to advance into the Eastern Conference championships against defending National Basketball Association champion and top seeded Miami which scored a 4-1 demolition of Chicago in the other conference semis pairing.
The Knicks behind Carmelo Anthony’s 28 markers subdued the Paul George-led Pacers at their home turf even as New York starters Iman Shumpert (5 points), Pablo Prigioni (3) and Tyson Chandler (2) struggled in Coach Mike Woodson’s rotation.
Ting Wins Challenger’s Section; Asuela, NM Lavega Moves to FIDE Ratings
Marvin Ting won the Challenger’s Section of this annual tourney of the 13th Bangkok Chess Club, while in the Open Section Ellan Asuela posted 5.5 points in 9 rounds with a rating performance of 2362 held in Dusit Hotel, Pattaya, Thailand recently, according to Antonio Aguirre who sponsored the trip.
Asuela’s performance is an equivalent rating of an International Master and can be awarded of this title in his next international campaign, he said.
On the other hand, National Master Carlito Lavega posted 4 points which secured him an international FIDE rating.
Negros Occidental’s eight boxers were named to compete in the upcoming 2013 Philippine National Games (PNG) slated at Ninoy Aquino Stadium on May 24 to June 2, 2013.
This year’s PNG will have ULTRA in Pasig City as the main venue for athletics and throwing events as well as other sports to be contested.
Forty two (42) sports events will be contested in about 10-day sports competitions.
The events are archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, billiards, bowling, boxing, canoe-kayak, chess, cycling, dancesport, dragonboat, fencing, football, futsal, golf, gymnastics, judo, karate do, lawn tennis, motocross, Muay Thai, pencak silat, power lifting, rugby, sailing, sepak takraw, shooting, soft tennis, softball, swimming,table-tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wind surfing, wrestling and wushu.
It’s Cebu loss but Dumaguete’s gain. It is because the Philippine Football Federation (PFF)-Suzuki U23 National Cup semi-finals and finals will be played starting today in Dumaguete instead of Cebu City for reason we still don’t know.
Dumaguete City is becoming popular in sports nowadays after the hosting of 2013 Palarong Pambansa last month. There are so many sports activities held in Dumaguete City like the Philippine Basketball Association at the Lamberto Macias Sports Center but it is not as popular as hosting the Palarong Pambansa. Sports hosting after the Palaro will put Dumaguete again in the map of sports. I remember the first time I stepped soil in Dumaguete City after the PFF All Visayas qualifying championship. If I may recall, it was in 1995 or early than that and during the time of Bacoleño Ricardo "Cano" Tan’s leadership at PFF.
I know of the PFF Suzuki U23 finals after I attended the press conference in San Carlos City last March. The All Visayas qualifying game is supposed to be held in the north Negros City of San Carlos, but was only informed it was postponed. The dates are April 15 to 20, 2013. But all of a sudden, it was not held and only to realize that Dumaguete City will host the semi-finals and the finals starting today up to May 30. Cebu City is supposed to host the semifinals May 27 to 28 and the finals on May 30-31. But as I said, it was reset and the finals will be played May 30.
Negros First athletes that are going to compete in the 2013 Philippine National Games (PNG) slated at ULTRA, Pasig City on May 24 to June 2, 2013 is slated to leave next week.
The Negros First team will compete in only four events out of forty two (42) events to be contested in a 10-day sports competition.
The events are boxing, athletics, taekwondo and dance sports. A separate team of badminton also from Negros Occidental will also participate in the PNG this year.
Cecil Bando-Oyos said, boxing and athletics were already identified. In boxing are; Aljhun Oro of Sagay in 46 kgs of elite men; Alvin Sibugan of Bacolod City and Arman Alpar of Cadiz City in 49 kgs; Carlo Peñalosa of San Carlos city in 52 kgs; and Jose Eracleo Campos in 56 kgs.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) in partnership with Suzuki Philippines is holding the 2013 PFF Suzuki National Cup Championship final qualifying and semi-final rounds in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental tomorrow, Friday.
This tournament will choose the top teams among the ten teams that will make it to a home-and-away championship match on May 30.
Listed among the teams are defending champion Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA); three teams from Luzon; Masbate, Laguna and Baguio - Benguet; Iloilo and Cebu from Visayas; and North Cotabato, Iligan-Lanao del Norte, Davao and Zamboanga Del Norte-Dipolog from Mindanao.