PFF U-19 Nat’l C’ship Visayas Leg

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Photo caption: The CVFA U-19 team pose for a photo after beating Kaya FC Iloilo, 3-1, in the PFF U-19 National Championship Division 2 Visayas Leg. | Photo added

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Mission accomplished for the Central Visayas Football Association (CVFA).

This after CVFA scorers defeated Kaya FC Iloilo in a Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Visayas Division 2 U-19 National Championship match on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at Cebu City Sports Center.

The victory gave CVFA first place in Group E, earning a ticket to the domestic group stage of the PFF U19 Boys National Championships scheduled for later this year.

The CVFA scorers were Keenen Cergneux, Yojie Selman and winger Paul Mapula.

Kaya FC tried to come back with a late goal but time ran out.

The CVFA finished their campaign with a clean slate of 3-0 (win-loss). They also won their previous two matches against Eastern Visayas Regional Football Association (EVRFA) and Negros Oriental-Siquijor Regional Football Association (NOSIRFA).

BLESSING IN DISGUISE

CVFA U-19 team manager Josephril Partosa said the gloomy weather somehow played a crucial role in their victory.

According to Partosa, Kaya FC Iloilo requested to play the game earlier at 10 a.m. instead of the original 3 p.m. schedule. It turns out that torrential rains poured down at this time of day.

Partosa said CVFA players are used to this weather when the pitch becomes slippery and difficult to maneuver. Kaya FC players, meanwhile, are used to the smoother artificial pitch, Partosa said.

However, he said that aside from the home-field and weather advantage, their victory was mainly the result of months of preparation.

“Although I have managed teams before, but this is the most important because the whole of Central Visayas was involved. We sacrificed a lot, worked hard and trained hard for this tournament. We planned for months so that we could achieve whatever we wanted to happen,” Partosa said.

COLLECTIVE EFFORTS

CVFA formed the team last March through a series of trials in Cebu and Bohol. It was uncertain whether the chosen players would be fit given that most have not played football since the pandemic began.

Nonetheless, the team persevered under the tutelage of veteran and multi-title coach Glen Ramos.

“Lisud gyud kaayo the form of the team to prepare for the ani nga kay gikan tang tanan tournament in the event of a pandemic. Get the physical form with regard to people who have nothing to do with the dula. Third, ang field nato kinahanglan jud siya i-rehab ahead,” Partosa revealed.

Luckily, the entire Cebu football community, CVFA, and some generous private sector sponsors came to their aid to make this tournament happen.

“We couldn’t have made it this far without our generous sponsors from Daewoo Trucks, Island Paints, Maney Builders, Colonie Pest Control, EGS Asia Inc. SGoons Tattoo Supply, Alpha Chrome Development, Hi-Speed ​​Construction Corporation, AEG Building Prints, UP Project Management, WDL Structural Engineering, EDSA Architects, Megaplas and parents,” Partosa said.

/bmjo

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