NOFA bids for PFF-Smart nat’l finals-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
PFF-SMART Club National Championships defending titlist Negros Occidental Football Association is bidding to host the national finals next month.
NOFA Secretary-General Paulline Javelona, together with PFF competitions department head Cyril Dofitas, disclosed this plan right after the Azkals’ victory over Pakistan last week.
Javellona said that granting the rights to NOFA will further help in the promotion of the sports in Negros Occidental, considered as one of the top seedbed of local and highly-competitive football players.
In recent Group F qualifying, tournament MVP Byeong Jun Yoon nailed the lone goal for NOFA-Ceres FC from 10 yards in the 44th minute to disappoint regional archrival Camella-Barotac Nuevo FC of Iloilo and a ticket to the next round of the tournament on November 8.
Champion coach Ali Go said they felt relieved after entering the Final Qualifying Round of the tournament. “We are the defending champion and it would be shameful if we can’t make it. And I’m thankful that we made it,” he said.
Go sees Davao as a strong contingent from Mindanao in the Final Round with Cebu in the Visayas and Laguna in Luzon. “These teams have good representatives. They might go out strong in the next stage,” he said.
The Negros Occidental-based club also blanked Azukals FC of NORFA, 9-nil.
Jimuel Ariola led Ceres with three goals (1st, 29th and 31st minutes) while Yoon delivered in the 29th minute as Jalsor Soriano closed the half with a goal in the 43rd minute.
Jason Cordova added two more goals in the 64th and 74th minutes as Jaime Poderoso nailed two additional in the 84th and 87th minutes to seal the win.
Ceres FC is composed of tournament’s ‘best goalkeeper’ Korean Hyoun Jaehun and Louie Michael Casas; defenders Geunh Yeong Park and Hyungmin Sim from South Korea, Angelo Marasigan, Cordova, Camelo Tacusalme, Anthony Tongson, Soriano, Lemuel Unabia, Richard Ruiz Sumabong, Jimmy Malalo-an Jr., John Timothy Bolo, Jose Emmanuel Thomas Diel.
Midfielders are Olapido Babasola Okunaiya from United Kingdom, Jayson Panhay, Hanesin Prince Antony, Carlo Tacusalme, Joel Bedia Jr., Rolando Ian Treyes and J Baguioro; Yoon, ‘best midfielder’ Joshua Beloya, Poderoso and Ariola.
Joining Go in the sideline is assistant coach Cha Soung Yooung from South Korea and physical therapist Augustine Rey Rivas. Team manager is Leo Rey Yanson.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 21, 2013.