Tuesday, July 03, 2012

CFA eyes early start of Aboitiz Cup

(This report came out in Sun.Star Cebu on July 3)
THE new board of the Cebu Football Association (CFA) plans to start the 15th Aboitiz Football Cup earlier than last year and is looking at having it this September.

The body is set to submit the proposal and budget to Aboitiz Equity Ventures this week once it will be approved by CFA president Ricky Dakay, and the CFA and Aboitiz will meet to decide on the opening date of the longest running football tournament in the city.

Aboitiz Football Cup serves as CFA’s selection for teams that will represent Cebu in Philippine Football Federation-organized national and regional competitions.

Because of a delay last year, the tournament started in November and ended in March.

One of the major reasons of holding the event earlier is to avoid conflict of preparations with the anticipated hosting of the Azkals friendly match in the Cebu City Sports Center.

CFA is also looking at cutting the expense for holding the Aboitiz Cup but will still look at holding a quality and competitive tournament.

CFA tournament committee chairman Glen Quisido is creating a calendar of all tournaments scheduled this year to avoid a conflict. The schedule will be submitted to the board by Friday and he hopes the calendar will guide organizers who plan to host football tournaments.

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