10 teams in Jose Te football competition

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Friday, May 16, 2014


AT LEAST 10 teams will compete in the Sensei Jose Te Football Festival that will open on Saturday until Sunday at the Tionko football grounds.

The annual Davao Football Association (DFA)-organized bootfest serves as a tribute to the late sports patron Te who founded the sport of football in the city.

Coach Abing Lim, during yesterday's Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at NCCC Mall B3 Center, said: "We want to continue the legacy of Sensei Te who was behind the creation and success of the Davao City football community. Gusto naming ipaalam sa mga bata na ito si Sensei Te at nang dahil sa kanya, nagkaroon ng football ang Davao City,” Lim said.

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Lim said that Sensei Te’s dream did come true in making Davao City a top team to beat in football all over the Philippines and that almost all national teams have a player from the city.

Categories featured are under-six, under-eight and U10 mixed; U12 and U14 boys and girls open; U16 boys and open divisions for men and women.

Teams from Digos City and Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur also confirmed to join the two-day festival that offers trophies to all winners.

Meanwhile, Lim thanked all the people who supported them in their recent battle in the secondary football division of the 2014 Palarong Pambansa in Laguna.

“Kahit top 4 lang tayo, masaya pa rin kami kasi nag number one ang Davraa team sa ating bracket. Nagkaroon lang talagang fatigue ang mga players dahil sa sunod-sunod na laro. Halos walang pahinga ang mga bata lalo pa at naglarong tatlong games sa isang araw,” he said.

He also said that they were really prepared in the competition but did not anticipate the irregularities of the schedule made by the Department of Education (Deped). “Hopefully sa susunod maayos na ang schedule ng games para hindi mahirapan ang mga athletes. Malaking bagay na makapagpahinga din ang mga bata para kondisyon maglaro.”

He added, “Kaya nating ipanalo ang laro para sa Davao Region pero sana bigyan lang din tayo ng DepEd ng privacy to move out sa billeting area para mas medaling makapag-practice ang mga athletes.” (MDC)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 17, 2014.

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