NEGROS Oriental Football Association escaped the Under-14 national team to collar the 5th Pintaflores National U16 Invitational Football Cup yesterday in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.
The Little Azkals fell short in the penalty shootout, 4-2, after the regulation ended in a 2-2 tie.
It was the Little Azkals’ first loss in the tournament.
But a runner-up finish already made Little Azkals head coach Oliver Colina proud of his boys, especially with his team being the youngest squad to participate in an Under-16 tournament.
Colina said he wasn’t frustrated with the performance of his boys but rather with the sloppy officiating, which he thought foiled the game.
“Nindot ang duwa sa mga bata but walay klaro ang calls,” said Colina.
He also added that to have come this far for an exposure tournament for his 14-year-
old players who went up with 16 year old players, they had nothing to lose.
But he still has to remind his boys to play under pressure especially in penalty shootout situations.
This will be the team’s last tune-up competition before they head to a national tour, where they will get the chance to play either Singapore or Australia.
“They are in good shape and makita nimo ang heart sa mga bata muduwa. Even if they are young, dako kaayo ug potential,” said Colina.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 01, 2012.