5 Negrense girls join nat’l U16 football pool

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Saturday, August 23, 2014


FIVE teenage footballers from San Carlos City were selected by the Philippine Football Federation to be part of the 30-player pool for the PHL Under 16 Girls team who will undergo rigid training for the upcoming Asian Football Federation Girls Qualifiers in October.

Supported by Negros Occidental Football Association are booters Riza Isabelle Carmona, Tenelyn Otom, Jessan Medina, Teejay Isulat and goalkeeper Tashka Lacson.

A national tryout for this age-group for Visayas aspirants early this month was held at the San Julio Realty Football Field in San Carlos City open for players born January 1999 to December 2001.

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Otom and Isulat were part of the U14 Philippine Team which finished second in the recently-concluded AFC U14 Regional Championship in Vietnam together with San Carlos-based teammate Princess Beth Caparida.

That Philippine squad had a successful run in the elimination and semifinal rounds but fell short against eventual champion Thailand in the championship on a 2-1 final score.

While it failed to bring home the title, the PH XI received the Fair Play Award while Joyce Semacio of Davao was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

San Carlos City is now emerging as Negros Occidental’s football capital as a growing number of footballers from the city have been joining the national team aside from playing for universities and clubs in Bacolod and Manila.

City Assistant Sports Officer John Carmona, PFF regional technical director, said the support given by the city government under Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr. is a huge boost in the development of the sports in this northern city.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 23, 2014.

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