NEGRENSES will get another opportunity to witness not only a highly competitive football match but another international game On August 25. This is between the Negros First U19 against the visiting Japanese booters.
Executive Assistant to Governor Alfredo Marañon and concurrent Provincial Sports Coordinator Angel Verdeflor said that this goodwill game will be part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Organization for Industrial Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA)-Philippines Chapter scheduled from August 23-25.
Japan is known as a football powerhouse in Asia and currently ranked No. 16 in the world by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa), the highest for an Asian country.
Thus, this match is expected to be an exciting display not only of talents and skills but also of pride.
Verdeflor added that the Negrense squad will be mentored by former national head coach Norman Fegidero.
Fegidero, who is presently in Iloilo for the PFF Smart Club Championships told Sun.Star Bacolod last Tuesday that he will reveal his complete roster as soon as he returns to Bacolod from the said tournament.
With football gaining a place in every Filipino’s hearts, Negrense football fanatics are feeling the thirst for high-caliber football games at home.
The Azkals-Mongolia Challenge Cup Leg 1, PFF-Suzuki U23 National Cup and the PFF women’s tournaments are only few of the known big tournaments, which were played at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
These events paved way to the resurrection of the most-watched game in the world. (Jerome S. Galunan Jr.)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 11, 2011.
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