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Bacolod wins it all (sakto ko ya)

FORMER Carmen National School booter Arnie Pasinabo is in football heaven after bagging the Most Valuable Player award in helping Bacolod City win the Philippine Football Federation National Men's Open Championship in Iloilo City yesterday.
Pasinabo, who also saw action in the 23rd Southeast Asian Games last year, banged in the final goal in Bacolod City's 2-1 win over a sluggish National Capitol Region -- getting back at NCR after losing last year's title in a shoot out.

Cebu Football Association president Jonathan Maximo, who watched the game, said NCR seemed tired.

"I also heard that yesterday's (Saturday) game took a toll on them. They had to play 10 minutes extension and had to go through a shoot-out," Maximo said. "Bacolod played in the first game (Saturday) so they had more time to rest."

Pasinabo's teammate, Jayson Panhay, who scored the two goals in their 2-1 win over host Iloilo City in the semifinals, was named the Best Midfielder award…

Vote of no confidence canned

PHILIPPINE Football Federation (PFF) president Johnny Romualdez had his leadership questioned in the PFF Congress yesterday, however, he was saved by a technicality.

"I raised a motion declaring his (Romualdez) position as vacant, but it didn't push through," Laguna Football Association president Jun Pacificador told Sun.Star Cebu.

Paragraph five of Article 12 of the PFF constitution states "Only the PFF Congress, by an Absolute majority of the votes of the entire voting membership, may affect amendments, additions to or deletions from the Constitution and By-Laws, remove and replace the PFF President and/or dissolve the PFF upon the recommendation of the Board of Governors."

According to a BOG member, who requested anonymity, the resolution failed since the Board did not tackle it. "It has to pass through the board first," he said.

Despite the failure of his motion, Pacificador is content he was able to raise some of the issues the Laguna FA had against…

National Open semifinals

AFTER the elimination round, its business for National Capitol Region and Bacolod City as they try to hurdle separate foes in Saturday's semifinal round of the PFF National Men's Open championship to set up a rematch of last year's finals.

Bacolod City, defeated North Cotabato, 2-1, on the strength of Arnie Pasenabo's brilliance in the second half, while homeboy Ian Araneta headed in the lone goal -- to bad it was against his hometown Iloilo -- to lift NCR 1-0 over the host.

In the semifinal round, Bacolod will face Iloilo while North Cotabato will take on NCR.

Bannered by Mindanao raised Ilonggos, North Cotabato won't have a hard time communicating with NCR -- as the champion is fielding 12 Ilonggos.

Yes 12.

PFF Men's national championships Day two

FAVORITEs Bacolod City and National Capitol Region got their second wins in contrasting manners after the second day of the Philippine Football Federation Men's National Open Championships in Iloilo City.

Nofa squeaked past Zamboanga City, 1-0, while NCR flexed its muscle with 10-0 whitewash of Iligan.

Host Iloilo also gave its homefans something to cheer after a 5-2 win over Baguo while North Cotabto continued its winning ways, beating Masbate, 5-2.

Today, North Cotabato will face Bacolod while Baguio takes on Iligan. Iloilo will also take on defending champion NCR in the final game.

The NCR-Iloilo match has an interesting subplot -- NCR has 12 Ilonggos on its team. (from Philfootball.info forums)

here's the link http://www.philfootball.info/forum/index.php?a=topic&t=338&min=60&num=15

PFF nationals day one

(courtesy of Philfootball.info)

North Cotabato defeated Zamboanga City -- touted as this year's suprise entry, 2-0, Negros Oriental Football Associated (Nofa) has began its quest for a national tittle with a 5-0 rout over Masbate, scoring four goals in the second half.

Defending champion National Capitol Region (NCR) also had an easy win, 4-1 against Baguio while host Iloilo humbled Iligan, 5-0.

Today, Zamboanga takes on Nofa, while Masbate faces North Cotabato at the La Paz Field.

In Group B, NCR will face Iligan at Barotac Neuvo while Iloilo will play Baguio, still at Barotac.

National Men's Open opens shop today

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ONE of Asia’s oldest football competitions – the Philippine National Men’s Open Championships – kicks off its 2006 season with favorites National Capitol Region going for its third straight crown in Iloilo City today

Aside from NCR, which will have Southeast Asian Games veterans Ali Borromeo, Chippy Caligdong and Ian Araneta on its line-up, teams who qualified for this year’s edition are last year’s runner-up, Bacolod City, Masbate, Iligan, Zamboanga, North Cotabato and hosts Iloilo City.

The national championship was first staged in 1911, with the All Manila team winning the first crown.

Caligdong’s inclusion in the NCR line-up is sure to ruffle some feathers as he is one of Iloilo’s most famous football sons. Araneta, who saw limited action in the Seag as he was nursing an injury, is also from Iloilo.

Cebu will not have a representative in the national finals for the second straight year, but University of San Jose-REcoletos’ Heinje Ruiz was picked up to beef Bacolod’s team, along with…

More Rifa Cup fotos

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CHASE. PaBol's Jovannah Yu plays catch up with the opposing team.


LITTLE CHAMPS. Paref players (L-R) EJ Alvarez, Andoni Ugarte and Igi Maximo. The team won the B95 (11-under) Division of RIFA Cup in Ateneo Field, QC.


GUYS, WHERE ARE YOU? Sabine Veloso takes on four players on his own.


BALL FIGHT. A Springdale player tries to get past his defender.


VICTOR, VANQUISHED. Little Enzo Ceniza celebrates another goal, while the keeper struggles to get up.


WHICH WAY GUYS? TJ Matteo and Paolo Pascual points to an unchecked player.

DBTC routs BJS, 7-1; other matches moved

THE DON Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) came up with a strong statement yesterday, whipping erstwhile undefeated Blessed John XXIII seminary, 7-1, in the Red Ribbon Under 16 football tournament at the San Roque Parish football field.

And it seems, lady luck is also siding with DBTC as the heavy rain poured after their game, forcing officials to abandon the second match between Paref Springdale and San Roque FC with 11 minutes left in the first half, and rescheduling the third match between Bright Academy and Don Bosco Boys Home.

It is the second straight postponement of both games, which was originally scheduled last Feb. 11 but moved to yesterday due to rains.

“Di na pwede, kay mag lutawlutaw na ang bola,” Paref Springdale coach Mario Ceniza said after their match against San Roque FC was abandoned with still 11 minutes to play in the first half.

The third match between Don Bosco Boys Home and Bright Academy was also cancelled.

In the first match, DBTC showed no signs of slowing down wi…

Borromeo:'I'm just speaking my mind'

NATIONAL Capitol Regional Football Association (NCRFA) president Jose Vito “Pocholo” Borromeo -– the man accused by Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Johnny Romualdez as the brains behind the ouster move –- said no one should be punished for speaking his mind.

Borromeo, who was named Men’s football godfather last year, recently met with Cebu Football Association president Jonathan Maximo, Laguna FA head, Arturo Pacificador and Rizal FA president Emilio Tanjuatco.

Romualdez said it was during that meeting that Borromeo talked about the plan to unseat the president through a “vote of no confidence.”

“I was actually surprised when talking to them (fellow presidents), I learned that we shared the same sentiments,” Borromeo said. “Football leaders in other regions know for a fact that the (PFF) leadership is not producing the desired results.

Borromeo denied he is plotting to unseat Romualdez but said he could not keep silent anymore, “because the state of football in the country…

Ramos: PFF throwing money away

THE PHILLIPPINE Football Federation (PFF) recently released P20,000 each to the 21 football associations as part of its financial assistance, however, Asian Football Confederation women’s committee deputy chairman Cristy Ramos questioned the timing of the dole out.

In an interview, PFF president Johnny Romualdez, said “We decided in one of the BOG (Board of Governors) meeting to extend financial assistance to the FAs (football associations), the amount is not that big.”

“I don’t want to put malice into the release, but is it just a coincidence that the PFF will hold its congress this month?” Ramos said.

The PFF BOG meeting and Congress will be on Feb. 25, at Ilo-ilo City and Romualdez needs the support of each of the FA presidents since he is reportedly facing a “vote of no confidence” charge that could throw him out of office.

Under Article 12 of the PFF by-laws, “Only the PFF Congress, by an absolute majority of the votes of the entire voting membership, may affect amendments, additions…

PFF head says "sorry" for remark

PHILIPPINE Football Federation (PFF) president Johnny Romualdez has apologized to Cebu Football Association head Jonathan Maximo for a ‘misinterpreted statement’ that came out in a national paper early this week.

Last Tuesday, Romualdez accused Maximo of “playing both sides” when he met with other football association presidents to hear their grips against the PFF. Also present in that meeting was Asian Football Confederation women’s committee deputy chair Crisy Ramos, who blasted the PFF for failing to comply with the deadline for the AFC women’s Under-19 championship.

"He texted me twice, saying sorry, na-misinterpret lang daw,” said Maximo.

Romualdez earlier said his words were misinterpreted and what he meant was that Maximo, as a member of the Board of Governors of the PFF, listens to both sides of the story.

However, this reporter received a scanned copy of Romualdez's statement through e-mail, and in the statement he called the CebuFA president as “someone who plays both …

Romualdez's statement

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Hope you've got good eyes. To read the statement, click on it and it transfers you to another page, wait for the cursor to turn into a "+" sign and click on it. It should be large enough even for those who wear glasses.

Godfather denies move to oust Romualdez

NATIONAL Capitol Region Football Association president Poch Borromeo denied instigating a move to oust Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Johnny Romualdez from his position through a vote of no confidence when the PFF Congress meets this Feb. 25 in Ilo-ilo City.

"This is not true, he (Romualdez) may have surmised that from the meeting but that was not discussed," said Borromeo, who's son Ali played for the national team in the 23rd Southeast Asian Games (Seag).

Borromeo, who was named a godfather for men's football prior to last year's Seag admitted that he is not satisfied with Romualdez's presidency.

"I am not and I have known of that fact to him in the past through text messages, however, most, if not all of the time, my comments do not merit anything from him,' said Borromeo.

Meanwhile, Romualdez repeated his statement that Borromeo is trying to gather support for a vote of no confidence against him.

"Alam ko nagtatawagan sila, they a…

Champions

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The Don Bosco Technological Center flash the Number one sign after winning the elementary title over DB Victorias in the 2006 Don Boscolympics in Pampanga. (Contributed foto)

The Public Speaks Out

By Kaizer Stevens / pinoysoccer.com

Recently, I asked a wide variety of individuals(ranging from all ages) how they felt about the PFF, specifically the incident between the Philippine Football Federation and Cristy Ramos-Jalasco(the whole AFC tournament application missed deadline debacle). I also asked them what they felt needed to be done to move past this point. For example, should PFF President Johnny Romualdez resign? Here are some of their comments:

(for the rest of the story, go to this site)
http://www.pinoysoccer.com/home/index.php?itemid=364

CebuFA lauds Prisaa

THE Cebu Football Association (CebuFA) welcomes the move of the Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa) to include football in the next year’s Prisaa.

Prisaa national president Gonzalo Duque said he wants to include football in the next edition and also wants to hold competitions for the secondary and elementary level. This proposal though, will have to be presented to the board for approval.

“That’s very good news for football,” CebuFA president Jonathan Maximo said.
With the move, schools will now have more tournaments to join and will have incentives to invest in their football teams instead of concentrating their funds on the usual teams.

“It’s the players and parents who will benefit as schools will now have more reason to invest on there football teams by offering attractive scholarships to players just like what basketball players are enjoying now,” Maximo said.

The decision of Prisaa also fills an empty niche in Philippine football as the Philippine Football Federation doesn…

Denmark invites PaBol

ASIDE from possible stints in Singapore and Thailand, the Patid Bola Football Academy also got invited to the Dana Cup in Denmark this July.

“This was made possible because we tried to develop linkages with foreign clubs through the PaBol website,” PaBol head and Cebu Football Association president Jonathan Maximo said.

It’s not only invitations for tournaments abroad but offers for foreign clubs and coaches for a series of matches here that Maximo is receiving.

“There is one offer from a Louisiana group, for them to bring a club here in Cebu to play some friendly games, and also to conduct a coaching seminar,” said Maximo.

The offer came from a Fil-American father, whose daughter joined the Women’s Under 19 scrimmage for a couple of days.

“He said he wanted to support us in any way he can,” said Maximo.

Meanwhile for the Singapore Invitational this October, Maximo clarified that the age groups are Under 16 (1990), Under 15 (1991) and Under 14 (1992).

“We could base the composition of the U…

Singapore invites PaBol

IF things push through young footballers in Cebu can get to showcase their skills in two international events in July and October.

The first event is the International Children’s Games in Bangkok, Thailand in July, which the Cebu Football Association (CebuFA) is trying to coordinate with the Cebu City Sports Commission in forming a team and the second is the International Youth Cup in Singapore on Oct. 29 – Nov. 4.

“This is actually the second time they (Singapore) invited us, but last year we didn’t have time to prepare since the invitation came late. This year we got another invitation,” said CebuFA president Jonathan Maximo said.

The invitation was actually coursed through the Patid Bola Football Academy (PaBol), which Maximo also heads but the president will bring the matter to the CebuFA board.

“The invitation is for three age groups, the Under-16, Under-15 and I asked coach Mario (Ceniza) which age group we are strong in Cebu,” Maximo said.

Maximo said that they will try to coordina…

Red Ribbon resumes

FRESH from contrasting campaigns outside Cebu, powerhouse Don Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) and Paref-Springdale go for their second win against separate foes in the Red Ribbon Under 16 Football Tournament at the San Roque parish football field.

DBTC, which won the high school football crown over Don Bosco Victorias during last weekend's Boscolympics in Pampanga takes on new comer Blessed John XXIII Seminary (BJS) in the opening game before Paref-Springdale faces home team, San Roque FC in the second game at 2 p.m.

If DBTC and Springdale win their matches, they will cruise through the semifinal round along with Hiroshi while the best second-ranked team will get the final spot.

Springdale recently lost in the Rifa Cup 15-under semifinal round before finishing at third last Saturday at the Ateneo de Manila University football grounds.

In the final game, Bright Academy and Don Bosco Boys Home goes for a win against each other. Both teams lost their first matches to Hiroshi FC.

Meanwh…

"Who me?": clerk

THE Philippine Football Federation PFF clerk who did the 'clerical error' that led to the country missing out on the Asian Football Confederation Women's Under-19 championships is surprised that he is getting the blame.

"I left the PFF in Dec. 15, and we were all thinking na kasali na tayo sa under 19," said Ian, who requested not to have his full name published.

In a memo sent to all football associations (FAs), PFF said "The AFC had set the deadline for submission of confirmation forms by 31 August 2005 which the PFF had failed to adhere due to a clerical oversight. The clerical error was only discovered during the latter part of December when the PFF inquired about information pertaining to the competition since no notification was ever relayed leading up to the end of 2005."

In an earlier interview, PFF president Johnny Romualdez said they have fired the staff who made the error, while PFF secretary-general Domeka Geramindi offered his resignation whi…

DBTC sweeps Boscolympics football crowns

THE DON Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) Greywolves successfully defended its over-all title in the 2006 Don Boscolympics in Pampanga over the weekend.

DBTC won the high school basketball, football, and volleyball while topping elementary football and finishing third in elementary basketball.

DBTC, one of the powerhouse football teams in the city, got even with Don Bosco Victorias of Bacolod, as it took the title with a 2-0 win.

“I think, one of the biggest factors was we played in too many tournaments in Cebu, that’s one of our biggest preparations and because of that, the kids are ready to play anytime,” said DBTC athletic director Bro. Marie Aberasturi.

Aside from the Boscolympics, the Greywolves also compete in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc., Milo Little Olympics, Cebu City Olympics as well as local tournaments for football and basketball.

Ken Racho scored the first goal in the 5th minute and DB Victorias efforts for an equalizer was quashed after an owngoal in the 88th se…

DBTC tops Don Boscolympics

Cebu's Don Bosco Technological Center topped the recently concluded Don Boscolympics held in Pampanga last week.

No details yet, I've been calling the athletic director, but he's not picking up his phone.

Rifa Cups fotos

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Pia Santos (in red), Monica's younger sister, goes against Bea Maximo of the PaBol girls.


Champion age groups. One of Springdale's five champion teams in the Rifa Cup

The Full Monty: Ramos' reaction on PFF memo (complete version)

This is to clarify the points raised in the memo written on 01 February 2006 by Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Acting General Secretary Domeka Garamendi on the national U19 women's team:

1. "The AFC had set the deadline for submission of confirmation forms by 31 August 2005 which the PFF had failed to adhere due to a clerical oversight. The clerical error was only discovered during the latter part of December when the PFF inquired about information pertaining to the competition since no notification was ever relayed leading up to the end of 2005."

What did Mr. Garamendi mean by "clerical oversight?" Did they dial the wrong number? Sent the wrong forms? What?!? I personally checked in the PFF if they sent out any documents, such as a letter of intent to participate or the official entry form itself, to the AFC on or before 31 August 2005, but no such documents were found in their files. No records regarding the Philippine team's entry to the AFC U…

Vote of no confidence planned against Romualdez

IS PHILIPPINE Football Federation (PFF) president Johnny Romualdez on the way out?

According to a member of the PFF Board of Governors (BOG), three FA presidents have contacted him about plans to unseat Romualdez after the PFF bungled its handling of the country’s campaign in the Asian Football Confederation Women’s Under-19 championship in Thailand this March.

The PFF failed to submit its entry on time and has been denied participation in the event which serves as a qualifier for the Fifa Women’s Under-20 Championships, blaming the lapse on clerical error.

The deadline was last Aug. 31, 2005 yet but the PFF only sent its entry last Jan. 3, 2006.

According to the BOG member, there is a plan to hold a vote of no confidence on Romualdez in the PFF Congress at the end of this month in Ilo-ilo City.

Meanwhile, Cebu Football Association president Jonathan Maximo, promised to bring the AFC U19 issue on the board.

“I will bring up the issue, I want to hit this right on its head, and perhaps we can…

San Roque puts up website

The newly revived San Roque Football Club is joining the internet with its new webiste. www.sanroquefc.org.

They also put up a forum for the fans.

Drop by the site.

Ramos uncovinced by PFF explaination

THE PHILIPPINE Football Federation (PFF) sent out a memo explaining the events that led to the country missing out on the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Under 19 Championships but instead of seeing answers, AFC Women's Committee deputy chair Cristina Ramos is seeing more questions.

The memo was sent only last Feb. 1, almost two weeks after Ramos came out in the national papers exposing the fiasco.

In its memo, the PFF said, "The AFC had set the deadline for submission of confirmation forms by Aug. 31, which the PFF had failed to adhere due to a clerical oversight."

The memo further stated that the PFF "was under the impression that it had been already accepted as a participating country in the AFC therefore began to scout and recruit potential players and to organize and train the National Women's U19.

The PFF discovered the error last December yet, when the U19 team already started training.

The PFF also blasted Ramos, saying "It is quite sad an…

Springdale bags three more crowns in Rifa

AFTER a successful first day, Paref-Springdale hit a bigger jackpot in the second day of the 2006 Rizal Football Association (Rifa) Cup at the Ateneo de Manila University grounds yesterday.

Springdale, lead by head coach Mario Ceniza, bagged three crowns in the second day of the Rifa Cup, upping their total wins to five after they got two crowns in the first day of the competition.

“This is our most successful campaign so far,” said Ceniza, who was also assisted by Josaphat Sacil, Ivan Dimco and Willie Caballero.

Aside from five championship finishes, Springdale also had three runners-up trophies and one third place finish.

Despite playing in an older age bracket, young guns Enzo Ceniza, the coach’s son and Sabin Veloso proved they belong in the 8-Under group as they converted their penalties to beat College of St Benilde, 3-2, on a shootout. Mathew Modina scored the third goal for Springdale, which finished third in the elimination round, while Aldrich Pelenio got the MVP award in the gr…

Metropolitan tops Division B

METROPOLITAN FC got the Aboitiz Division B title with a little help from the other side’s goalkeeper in its 3-2 win over San Roque FC in the final day yesterday at San Roque.

San Roque keeper Jay Dabon stole the limelight from a scoring duel between young gun Michael Sharpe and veteran Ronald Loayon as an elementary error gave Metropolitan the win.

Earlier, Sharpe, one of the youngest senior division players at 16, struck in the 16th minute before Loayon, who used to play for the Air Force team, leveled the count with a lovely move in the 42nd.

SRFC, which needed to win to finish with in the top two of the division, pushed for a goal in the second half, with Sharpe egging his team on. Sharpe finally broke through in the 71st, beating an offside trap and chipping the ball past Metropolitan’s keeper for a 2-1 count.

Their hold of the lead was short as Loayon headed in an equalizer in the 74th off a corner and in the 84th, Dabon misjudged his approach on Raymond Trinidad’s clearance and t…

Should Romualdez resign from his post???

There's an online poll on whether the PFF president should resign due to the latest fiasco in the country's governing body for football -- resulting to the country missing out on the Asian Football Confederation's Women's Under 19 Championships.

here's the link.I'm not sure though whether the nonmembers of the site can vote.

Only seven people have voted so far, and all said Romualdez should quit.

http://www.philfootball.info/forum/index.php?a=topic&t=378

Springdale bags two crowns in Rifa

PAREF Springdale bagged two crowns in the first day of the 2006 Rifa Cup in Manila yesterday.

Springdale fielded five teams yesterday, and all five qualified to the finals where two squads went through to win the crown.

“Ka-luoy sa Ginoo, na swertehan, sulod ang lima,” Paref coach Mario Ceniza said.

After topping the eliminations and semifinal round, Paref’s 7 under team took home the crown after a 1-0 win over Marist School in the finals with Sabin Veloso scoring the lone goal.

It’s 14 under team also brought home a title after a 2-0 shoot out win over College of San Agustin in the finals. Kevin Tecson and Karl Arcenas converted their penalty shots for their win.

The other Paref teams were not as luck as its 12 under squad lost 1-2 to Ateneo de Manila University with Andone Ugarte scoring the lone goal. Its 10 under team also dropped a close 0-1 shoot out loss to Head Center, with all its three kickers missing their shots, while its 17 under team also faltered in its finals bid.

Today, f…

Hiroshi bags second win

HIROSHI FC bagged its second win the easy way, after a 6-1 demolition of Bright Academy in the Red Ribbon 16 Under tournament yesterday at the San Roque Parish football grounds.

The win earned Hiroshi a trip to the semifinal round after topping its Group B with a 2-0 mark, having defeated Don Bosco Boys’ Home, 2-0, in its first match last week.

Roniel Cuizon opened the outburst in the fifth minute before Bright’s Gergios Kyriakopoulos tied the mark in the 24th. The draw didn’t last long as Christian Vasquez banged the go ahead in the 34th and Jethro de los Santos scored the first of his two goals five minutes later.

Miguel Subang opened the second half attack with a goal in the 49th before Dan Marnil Villarico struck in the 59th and delos Santos capped the rout with his second goal a minute later.

Meanwhile host San Roque FC handed Cebu Inmaculada Concepcion – Mandaue (CIC-M), its second loss with a 3-1 win yesterday. CIC-M also lost to Don Bosco Technological Center, 0-7, in its first …

PaBol girls challenge Manila teams

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The PaBol girls will test the skills of Manila players when they clash with teams from Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Miriam College, Woodrose, Poveda, Colegio de San Agustin, Xavier University, Montessori, HED Center, Southhill School, Sunken Garden Football Club and Sphere Football Club in a series of friendlies.

Team members are Erika Casas, Bea Maximo, Charmaine Badilles, Jackie Ting, Mitch Muller, Ban-Ban Yu, Ken Casas, Julienne Canoy, Patty Liu, Jade Low, Althea Lua, and Nikki Sembrano.

Good luck girls.

PFF is committing more mistakes:Ramos

ACCORDING to Cristy Ramos, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) will commit more mistakes if it pushes through with its planned women's invitational tournament which the national women's Under 19 team will participate in April in Marikina City.

The PFF is planning to invite countries it considers weaker to send their senior women's team to play the U19 team, after the team's planned stint in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) was canceled after the PFF failed to send it's entry form on time.

According to PFF president Johnny Romualed, they will meet with the women's committee today to decide on the "possibility of the women's team to play in an international tournament."

"It (tournament) doesn't serve any purpose, it doesn't earn any ranking points for the team. They are committing more mistakes to cover up for the previous mistake," Ramos told Sun.Star Cebu yesteday.

Ramos also questioned the timing of the event and where th…

What will you do with the PFF

Put in your ten cent's worth and click on the title, and you will get to the comment page...so type away.

Mike

The Clerical Error Cup

CRISTY Ramos blasted the Philippine Football Federation's plan to stage an invitational tournament this April, for the women's under 19 team in Marikina.

The PFF will invite senior women's teams from other countries to compete with the girls, who's stint in the AFC U19 championships was nixed after the PFF failed to submite its entry on time, blaming it on "clerical error,"

"It doesnt serve any purpose, bat biglang nagkapera? last year, they always tell us, there's no funs," said Ramos.

She continued: "They should call it (tournament) the Clerical Error Cup and say we are playing for the 'We Forgot Trophy'"

More issues in tomorrow's Sun.Star edition (Feb 3)

Or, if I have some free time later (Im too busy, laying out the sports page, going to the forum, friendster, porno sites,er i mean, philosophical sites) i might just post the article early..and some tidbits of my 30 minute interview...

Good thing I was already in my second cup…

They want me to resign: Romualdez

PHILIPPINE Football Federation (PFF) president Johnny Romualdez accused his critics of trying to use the latest PFF fiasco to get him out of office.

Recently, the PFF missed the deadline for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Under-19 championship, blaming it on "clerical error."

The PFF has also fired the staff member who made the mistake, while secretary general Domeka Geramindi has also offered his resignation.

"I did not accept his (Domeka) resignation," Romualdez said. "There was a mistake made, steps have been taken so it does not happen again. Who do they want to resign? The president? Maybe."

Romualdez also denied instructing the PFF board of governors not to discuss the matter in their meeting next month in Iloilo, saying his critics are "trying to make the issue bigger, ganun palagi basta may (it's always like that during) congress."

"We have no intention to stop anyone from talking about this. The board will be the…

'What clerical error?': Ramos

ASIAN Football Confederation (AFC) women's committee deputy chair Cristina Ramos-Jalasco isn't buying the Philippine Football Federation's (PFF) excuse on why it failed to submit the country's entry form for the AFC Womens U19 championships in Thailand this March.

The PFF submitted its entry on Jan. 3, which was rejected by the AFC as the deadline was last Aug. 31, 2005 yet. PFF secretary-genaral Domeka Geramindi told Sun.Star that a "clerical error of their staff" led to the fiasco.

"How can it be 'clerical error' when there is no document proving that the PFF sent the entry form or intention to compete before Aug. 31? There is nothing on file in the PFF, once they sent it out, they could've have called AFC to check if AFC received it," said Ramos in a text message to Sun.Star.

Ramos, who also advises discovered the mistake last Jan. 20 when she got a fax from the AFC of the final fixture of the tournament and the countries listed did not…