Sunday, September 28, 2008

'It's all about the youth'

THOUGH the senior divisions may make the most noise in previous edition Tony Moraza of the Cebu Football Association said the Aboitiz Cup is all about the youth. 

The Aboitiz Cup, which opened yesterday with one match in the Men’s Open at the University of San Carlos-Technological Center, makes it return after a one-year hiatus this year and offers competitions in the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, 38-Above, Players 8 and 10, Boys 12, Boys 14 and the Boys and Girls 17. 

“Sixty to Sixty five percent of what the Aboitiz Group foundation gives out is for education, and to properly round it off, it has to be in combination with sports,” Moraza said during a press conference at the Talamban Leisure Center yesterday. 

Sonny Carpio, of the foundation, added that the Aboitiz Cup supports their holistic approach for education. 

“This tournament is really about the youth,” said Moraza. 

For this year’s edition, 124 teams have signed for the event that will be spread in four different venues. 

The Girls 17 division, which only used to be played during festivals, has also attracted 11 teams. 

The Men’s and Women’s Open and the 38-above will be at University of San Carlos, while the Boys and Girls 17 will be at the Cebu International School grounds. The Boys 14 will be at the Paref-Springdale field in Lahug, while the younger age brackets will be at the Don Bosco College.

Also for this year, the Cebu Football Association has adopted an ID system for all their players, referees and coaches. 

“If anyone questions a player’s age or eligibility, we will just use that ID,” said CebuFA president Richard Montayre. 

On the other hand, players, coaches and fans also need not wait for media reports to follow the progress of their teams as Aboitiz is set to put up the and the website will have the results, schedules, news and a photo gallery of the tournament. 

Meanwhile, Sambag I defeated Queen City United (QCU), 2-0, in the opening Men’s Open game of the 2008 Aboitiz Cup at the University of San Carlos-Technology Center yesterday. 

Sambag I, formerly known as Hiroshi FC, started out strong drawing first blood from a goal by Harold Buot in 10th minute. 

In the 59th minute of the second half Marion Cueblo added another goal for Sambag I from a one-two-pass combination for an easy strike near the penalty area. 

QCU never had an answer for Sambag I two goals and were once again bested by the more powerful Sambag I squad. 

In their last clash, Sambag I edged QCU 3-2 in the championship game of the Cebu Interclub Invitational Tournament last year. (ML with EKA)

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