RICKY Dakay, the last president of the Cebu Football Association, told local stakeholders that he was the happiest man in the room just moments before the first set of officers for the Central Visayas Football Association were to be elected.
It reminded me of the stark contrast in another association when the group of a former president disregarded rules in their eagerness to get elected, resulting to the expulsion of their association from the Philippine Football Federation (PFF). An expulsion, mind you, not just a suspension.
There was a PFF observer too last March 2, when some 40 registered clubs showed up. Unlike in the last local football election I attended, the atmosphere at the Cebu City Sports Center was cordial.
Twenty-two individuals--including only one woman--were nominated and the top 15 vote-getters made it to the board. As expected, Rodney Orale, the affable head of referees, was the top vote-getter and is expected to be elected the president when the new board meets for the first time.
Other than Orale, those who made it were Archt. Josephril Partosa; Atty. Ted Piasidad; Drs. Alvin Roxas, Joseph Poblacion and Glen Labajo; Fr. Adriano Ocariza; Jingoy Roa; Antonio Trebol; Archie Reyes; Nimrod Quiñones; Chad Songalia; Bruce Zabala; and Engr. Nilo Ferraren.
There’s just one hiccup though, and I think this is going to be a major one. The new statute calls for a female BOD member who should be the head of the committee on women’s football but the lone female candidate last Saturday, Carmel Genzon, only made it to No. 16, one vote behind Zabala and Ferraren, who both had 28.
Before the voting began, there were suggestions that only 13 should be chosen as the other two slots should be given to Bohol. That was shot down as it wasn’t necessary. But if there really has to be a women’s representative in the new board, it’s going to be interesting how they would do that.
Would one of the members of the new BOD have to give way for a women’s representative? And who should that one be? If one has to give way, I guess the fairest way to go about it would be to choose between Zabala and Ferraren since they got the least number of votes in the board.
As how the choice should be made would be interesting. A re-vote? A drawing of straws? Toss coin? We’ll just have to wait.
I asked PFF secretary-general Ed Gastanes for some clarification but he hasn’t replied to my question as I wrote this.
By the way, aside from the new board, there’s going to be a new secretary general in Atty. Julius Entise. Unlike the old set-up where the sec-gen is a member of the board, the new set-up calls for for a sec-gen that is appointed. And Entise, aside from leading the probe into the infamous brawl a few years ago, has the requisite license from the AFC, having joined the seminars needed in the past.
To the new football officers, good luck and may tenure mean another good run for Cebu football.