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Young Negrense footballers shine in SingaCup

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Makati FC’s Girls U14 made an impression on its international debut, securing a silver medal in the recently-concluded SingaCup (Singapore International Youth Cup).

The Philippine side put up a gallant stand before dropping a narrow 0-1 loss to Australia’s Northern New South Wales in the final.

Prior to making it to the Girls U14 championship match, Makati FC beat the same Northern New South Wales squad, 2-1, and Australian side Fremantle, 2-1, and Football West, 5-0.

Makati FC was able to select talented girls from the provinces to play in the 11-aside tournament, with Philippine Airlines supporting the trip.

NEGRENSE TALENT

Young football stars from Pontevedra made a mark for Negros Occidental, such as debutants Joyce Gemberva and Sofia Gelera, the U14 all-girls team top goal scorer who made a huge impression in the team’s silver medal in the November 5-12 tournament.

Gelera was the team’s top goal scorer with three, followed by Bacolod’s Ushin Valencia and Maeva Javier with two apiece, while Ariana Gementiza also contributed a goal.

Makati FC was able to select as talented players to suit up for the 11-aside tournament, including the girls from the Negros Occidental municipality, through the support of Pontevedra Mayor Jose Maria Alonso. Cebu City’s Jelena Soon and Bacolod City natives Ushin Valencia and Danicka Moleje were also part of the team.

Makati FC, the longest running club based in Metro Manila, competed in four divisions and brought in five teams.

The Boys U8 squad landed in fourth place, with Pontevedra’s Renzel Grace Gella leading the way.

Van dan Benia, also from Pontevedra, and Davao native Sean Pinion played with the Boys U10 team that placed second.

MAKATI FC

“Our academy has stood for over 40 years and I wish to continue what my dad has started in giving opportunity for the youth to fulfill their dream of becoming world class football athletes,” said SeLu Lozano, Makati FC director and CEO.

“Creating a winning team takes a lot of dedication and hard work. We wish that one day we will be able to align our program with the national federation so we can widen our reach and help develop our local athletes to give them better opportunities to maximize their potential not only in football but in life,” he added.

Makati Football Club plays an important role in developing young football athletes in the Philippines since 1976, when Tomas Lozano, a former Real Madrid FC player, pioneered the youth football academy in the country.*

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