THE Philippine Football Federation (PFF) confirmed last weekend that preparations are underway for the holding of a series of competitions between a Visayas Selection and a Manila Selection in Bacolod City in September.
The goodwill matches between the Manila-based lady booters and their Visayas counterparts composed of standouts from Bacolod, San Carlos, Iloilo, Dumaguete and Cebu, among others, will be used by the PFF as a basis for the formation of the national women’s Under-16 team which will represent the country international and regional competitions.
This developed as EVFC president Junie Martin told sports mediamen last Friday during a press conference at the Luxur Hotel that they have challenged the PFF leadership to give equal opportunities for booters who are Manila-based as well as talents from the provinces to showcase their skills whenever the PFF is in the process of forming the composition of the various national teams.
“We’ve always believed that there are enough talents in the provinces, especially in the so-called football region of the Visayas who deserve to be named to the national teams if only they are given the right opportunity to showcase their skills. So, we’ve asked them (PFF) to allow our players (the Visayas Selection) to play against a Manila Selection in September, and whichever team prevails will be given the opportunity to form the women’s national U16 team, and they (PFF) agreed,” said Lizares.
During last Friday’s press conference, PFF president Jose Mari Martinez also lauded the efforts of EVFC in hosting the festival. “We believe there is so much football stakeholders of women’s football in this part of the country can do for the development of the game and the PFF recognizes these efforts as a big boost to the goals of PFF in this regard,” Martinez said. (HCV)
Comment : Good idea, it will give girls who are not based in Manila a better chance to play for the Women`s U16 National team.