Foot­ball tal­ents ID pro­gram for young Minda tal­ents on

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Prime Sports - By Jack Biantan

CAMAGUIN Misamis Ori­en­tal Re­gional Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (CMORFA) pres­i­dent Percy Guarin yes­ter­day launched his self ini­ti­ated and Philip­pine Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (PFF) sanc­tioned tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram for the young play­ers in Min­danao.

Some 26 young foot­ballers born 2006 and above led by Palaro bound play­ers Sam Salin­gay of Ro­se­vale School, Jrand Hor­ti­lano of St. Mary’s School, and Ivan Sam­baan of Pa­gat­pat El­e­men­tary School trooped to the Westridge Sportspark as early as 7 a.m. to show off their skills to Guarin and some other coaches picked to spearhead this pro­ject.

“We plan to cover the en­tire is­land of Min­danao by going to all the 17 lo­cal foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tions to look for play­ers who have tal­ents and iden­tify them to be­come mem­bers of the fu­ture na­tional youth teams,’’ Guarin said.

Guarin, an AFC B li­censed coach led the dif­fer­ent skills and stamina tests of the play­ers with AFC C li­censed coach Jer­alp Ron­quillo. Guarin, a former mem­ber of the na­tional foot­ball team dur­ing the late 80’s and early 90’s is work­ing for his AFC A li­cense.

He said that as a tech­ni­cal per­son of the PFF for Mind- anao, he has cre­ated this ini­tia­tive to help the PFF iden­tify the tal­ents who could pos­si­ble play for the dif­fer­ent na­tional teams as early as this sum­mer.

PFF Grass­roots in-charge and Ceres FC owner Ricky Yan­son has tasked Guarin to look for tal­ents all over the coun­try but ini­tially he is start­ing here in Min­danao where he is based. “The aim is at least to have more than 3000 play­ers in dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories to fill the pool of play­ers,’’ Guarin added.

He will hold an­other se­ries of tests here next month to give chance to other play­ers who failed to show up yes­ter­day.

Here is the list of play­ers who showed up dur­ing the first tests.

Jrand Hor­ti­lano-Hi­gala FC, Sam Salin­gay-Ro­se­vale School, Brad Aguy­man Ging­goog, JC Le­vie Ra­ma­so­laGing­goog, Phil Ramirez-Hi­gala FC, Earl Cata­mora-Ging­goog, Barachiel Araña-Oles, Wil­liam Amores III-Oles, Sam Delvic Caperal-Oles, Miles Brian Halasan-Oles, Niño Fac­turanan-Oles, San­tini Medalla-Al­pha Omega School, Ralph Dion­son Pa­ga­pat Elem. School, Frankie Diong­sonPa­gat­pat Elem. School, Ian

Dado-Pa­ga­pat Elm. School, Frances Saranza Pa­gat­pat Elem. School, Clint Olarita-Pa­gat­pat Elem. School, Julius Iglesias-Pa­gat­pat Elem. School, Roy Cabañas-Pa­gat­pat Elem. School, John Camba-Pa­ga­pat Elem. School, Ivan Sam­baanPa­gat­pat Elem. School, Niño Yap-Cor­pus Christi School, Jef­fer­son Sombero-Monte Carlo FC, Earnest So­bremisanaCor­pus Christi School, Don Ebuña-Cor­pus Christi School, John De­cente-Pa­ga­pat Elem. School. (l.biantan@gmail. com)

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