Davao girl booters lift PH's 9-0 win over South Africa

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


DAVAO City's Agot Danton and Maylene Albaracin lifted Team Philippines' rousing 9-0 win over South Africa in girls event at the start of the 2014 Street Child World Cup in Rio de Janiero, Brazil Tuesday.

The Philippines boys squad, however, bowed to Burundi, 0-4, after eking out a 1-0 win over Nicaragua yesterday.

In the girls debut match, Danton struck for four goals while Maylene Albaracin chipped in one goal. Both are mainstays of SOS Children's Village in Davao along with teammate Joy Roces Chavez. Ronalyn and Angelica of Payatas Football Club added three goals and one goal, respectively, to complete the rout.

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Team Philippines, Street Child World Cup, Brazil Facebook page wrote, "All of them played brilliantly and we're very proud of them."

Danton was recently hailed as best striker in the DFA U17 Girls Football League 2014 and was most valuable player in the Alaska Cup 2009, MVP and best striker in the Faith Academy U16 Football League in 2012 and best striker in Acosta Cup Ladies Open 2013. Albaracin was best defender in the DFA U17 meet and best goalkeeper in the Del Monte Cup 2010.

Chavez is also not a pushover having romped away with the best goalkeeper awards in Alaska Cup 2010, Del Monte Cup 2010, Mayor Duterte Cup 2012 and Acosta Cup Ladies Open 2013.

The girls were set to play El Salvador as of presstime. Another win will catapult them to the top spot of their group going into the knockout stage.

The girls' stint is supported by AgriNurture, Inc. and Dutch company Witsenburg Natural Products. NGO Fairplay for All Foundation, which works in Patayas, Quezon City, the location of the biggest rubbish dump in the Philippines, also supported the team.

The Filipinos, meanwhile, will test their mettle opposite Tanzania and Argentina today.

Kenneth of Gawad Kalinga sparked the victory over Nicaragua.

Against Burundi, "We didn't deserve to lose by four. Created some great chances but just didn't put them away," the Facebook page noted.

Tanzania led Group 2 with seven points while Burundi was second with four points and Philippines at third with three points.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 03, 2014.

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