ABOITIZ CUP HOPES TO GO NA­TIONAL

Sun.Star Cebu - - PRIME SPORTS -

We en­vi­sion to bring the Aboitiz Foot­ball Cup to the na­tional scene and make it the coun­try’s pre­mier foot­ball league. ED­UARDO ABOITIZ

Or­ga­niz­ers hope to hold Aboitiz Cup in The Out­lets in Lipa, Batan­gas 2017-18 sea­son of Aboitiz Cup to open on Sept. 16 with over 140 teams Open­ing of tour­na­ment will serve as high­light of Global vs. Mer­alco PFL match

The future looks bright for the Aboitiz Foot­ball Cup, the pre­mier foot­ball tour­na­ment in Cebu.

Aside from a big­ger and bet­ter 19th edi­tion that kicks off next month, the Aboitiz Foot­ball Cup also looks to branch out to Lu­zon and pos­si­bly go na­tional.

“We en­vi­sion to bring the Aboitiz Foot­ball Cup to the na­tional scene and make it the coun­try’s pre­mier foot­ball league,” said Aboiti­z­Land man­ager Ed­uardo Aboitiz yes­ter­day at the Choobi Choobi Restau­rant in The Out­lets at Pue­blo Verde.

Aboiti­z­Land is build­ing a big­ger The Out­lets in Lipa, Batan­gas and it will in­clude a foot­ball field that can cater to two nine-a-side games si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

“The Out­lets will open in Lipa in 2018 and it can host games for the Aboitiz Foot­ball Cup,” said Joey Zamora of Aboiti­z­Land. “There is no for­mal thing yet but be­cause of lo­gis­tics it could be a sep­a­rate tour­na­ment and maybe we can play a cham­pi­onship meet-up. But ev­ery­thing is still on the draw­ing board.”

Aboiti­z­Land is also build­ing a foot­ball field in Liloan, which could also be used to host Aboitiz Foot­ball Cup matches.

Step­ping up

“In 2020, but it’s still in the plan­ning stages. We have a plan to build two fields in Liloan, about 112 me­ters,” said Aboitiz.

The 19th Aboitiz Foot­ball Cup for­mally opens on Sept. 16 at the Cebu City Sports Cen­ter (CCSC), which is one of the high­lights in be­tween and af­ter the Philippines Foot­ball League (PFL) match be­tween Global Cebu FC and FC Mer­alco Manila at 4 PM.

“Half­time will be the open­ing and then af­ter the game, we could have the cer­e­mo­nial kick­off,” said Cebu Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (CFA) board mem­ber Glenn Quisido.

This year, the event will still have 18 cat­e­gories that will be played in four venues-- CCSC, Don Bosco Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter (DBTC), Sa­cred Heart School-Ate­neo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) and Paref-Spring­dale.

Right now, around 130 teams have al­ready signed up and it is ex­pected to end up with more teams com­pared to last year’s 141.

“We prom­ise you a big­ger, more won­der­ful and mem­o­rable Aboitiz Cup,” said CFA pres­i­dent Ricky Dakay. “We prom­ise the foot­ball com­mu­nity that we won’t dis­ap­point you.” /

SUN­STAR FOTO / EDRI K. AZNAR

NEW SEA­SON. Joey Zamora and Ed­uardo Aboitiz of Aboiti­z­land and Per­i­cles Dakay and Glen Quisido of the CFA launch the 2017 edi­tion of the Aboitiz Cup

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