THE first ever “Mayor Albee Benitez MassKara Football Tournament” opened over the weekend with no less than former Philippine Azkals player, Ian Araneta gracing the event at the La Provincia Open Fields.

Players as young as five-years-old participated in the sporting event, where Victorias City Javier Miguel Benitez led the ceremonial kick-off.

He was joined by Malaysian journalist Tony Mariadass, tournament director Coach John Carmona, Natasha Bantug and David Villagracia, MassKara sports committee head.

Aside from the La Provincia Open Fields, Panaad Football Stadium was the other venue for the tournament, a statement from the city government said.

For the four to five-year-old category, hailed champions were the Universal Kids Football club, with St. Ana De San Carlos Football Club and Club De Los Hermanos De Futbol as first and second runners-up respectively.

Tamasak FC , meanwhile, grabbed the top spot at the six-year old category followed by Club de Los Hermanos De Futbol and USLS A in second and third places, respectively..

De Los Hermanos De Futbol’s won the championship crown in the seven-year old category with Dolphins FC Negros Occidental and Golden FC completing included in the top three spots.

In the 10 to 11 year-old group, Pamplona FC took the top spot with Dophins FC Negros Occidental and Tamasak FC coming in second and third place respectively.

The Under-19 category was won by the Tamasak FC with Sabas FC taking second place while Dolphins FC Negros Occidental got the third place.

At the Panaad Football Stadium, the champion for the women’s open category was the PCY FT with Cebu Elite Sheba FC in first runner up and Pamplona Pontevedra for the second runner up spot. (PR)