Stingers eye third straight football tournament title-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
DEFENDING champion University of St. La Salle is ready to preserve its hold of the men's football title when Season 33 kicks off.
Head coach Freddie "Nene" Lazarito stressed that despite losing several of his stalwarts who graduated, he is still confident to retain the crown because of the experienced players left in his roster.
"We have been able to get players who have the same strength and ability of my former stars. Jimmy Malalo-an, J Baguiro and Ralph Layumas will no longer be part of the team like Joshua Beloya who will no longer play for the Ceres-La Salle," Lazarito said.
“The veteran tactician was elated of the provision which allows foreign players to play for the competition. It opened the opportunity for Ceres-La Salle to tap three Korean booters to suit up with two strikers and a goalkeeper," he said.
"We are adding these players not for NOPSSCEA but for Unigames." Though, we don't underestimate our opponents in NOPSSCEA, our experience by playing for Ceres FC in the UFL will guarantee us the victory," he clarified.
Meanwhile, as for the possible conflict in schedule with the UFL in the future, Lazarito said they have already decided along with coaches and the team manager to prioritize the Bacolod games.
"This is because the team and our team manager, Leo Rey Yanson, wanted to win the Unigames. He already won the U23 and the Smart-PFF Club Championships. This time the Unigames," he said.
This year, La Salle booters eye for its third straight title after beating University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos and West Negros University last year.
Lazarito said they are grateful for the support given to the squad by their TM Yanson, adding that the back-to-back titles is a result of an effective work-out plan they have designed together with assistant coaches Ramon Janeo, Ali Go, Michael Casas, Hemerson Campo, and Lemuel Unabia. (HGD)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 02, 2013.