Beau­ti­ful game makes Marawi play­ers hope­ful

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Jennifer Val­cobero

The ‘love of the beau­ti­ful game’ is keep­ing mem­bers of the Marawi City Foot­bal Club hope­ful in spite of the ex­tended fight­ing be­tween gov­ern­ment forces and ex­trem­ists that is de­stroy­ing Marawi City.

It is now more than 100 days into the fight­ing and much of Marawi City lie in ru­ins but, in­stead of wor­ry­ing, the lads from the sum­mer cap­i­tal of Min­danao bravely com­peted in the first ever Davao Aguilas FC CdO Fi­esta Foot­ball Fes­ti­val held from Au­gust 26-27 at Westridge Sports Park in Barangay Car­men.

“We came to play, to par­tic­i­pate and tell the peo­ple that we have not lost our hopes,” team cap­tain Esperi­don Bin­gay said.

They were sup­posed to send two teams in the Men’s Open cat­e­gory but Bin­gay said

they man­aged to put up only one team.

“We were sup­posed to bring two teams but other play­ers did not come. Some of our mem­bers are evac­uees from the war while oth­ers are IDP’s based here in CdO,’’ he said.

Bin­gay said the team is com­posed of play­ers with dif­fer­ent back­grounds from stu­dents to work­ing men. He said most of them hail from Marawi City.

He said they took part in the com­pe­ti­tion not just for them­selves but also to show ev­ery­body that they can play in spite of their shared dif­fi­cul­ties.

“Dula lang gyud ang naa sa among huna-huna an­ing pana­hona,” Bin­gay said.

Out of 27 teams that com­peted in the men’s open cat­e­gory, Marawi City FC ended the tour­na­ment at 8th place.

He also said that as long as they have money for trans­porta­tion and pay­ment for reg­is­tra­tion, they will be glad to join again next year.

“The val­ues that we have in­cul­cated in our team are com­pan­ion­ship and sports­man­ship,” he said.

The Marawi City FC team was made up of play­ers from MSU-FALC, Lanao del Sur, FC LnCat, Dansalang Col­lege Foot­ball Club and Matam­pay United FC.


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