Mindanao eyed as potential source of football players for RP team
by Romy Sabaldan
Davao City (18 December) -- Mindanao players are at par with their counterparts in the National Capital Region (NCR) and other parts of Luzon as far as their proficiency and skills in football are concerned.
Aris Caslib, coach of the national team in football, made the assessment in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) during the two-day try-out for players outside of Metro Manila.
The try-outs which had ended Sunday at the Tionko-DFA football field in Davao City was participated in by 29 selected players from the different football associations (FAs) in Mindanao.
Caslib said Mindanao can be a rich source of future players to be primed up for international competitions considering the interest and the passion for the game of football shown by both trainors and players in this part of the country.
Those who participated in the try-outs of the Men's Senior National Team last December 15 and 16, 2007 were players from the Davao del Norte FA (Football Association), Pagadian-Zamboanga del Norte, North Cotabato FA and Davao FA.
Caslib was assisted in the try-outs by Iligan coach Consur Manreza which tested the physical fitness, skills and techniques in a tight two-versus-two situations. The Mindanao players had simple lessons at play in visual communications and familiarization with the system the national team is employing in their training.
According to Caslib the scouting of talents nationwide is part of the preparations of the national team for coming international competitions. Two of the incoming events include the e Challenge Cup (Thailand) in March 2008 and the Asean Football Federation Cup (known previously as the Tiger Cup) qualifying in October, also next year.
Among the aspirants who showed up are Peter Jaugan (a member of the 2005 SEA Games team) and youth national team member Glen Bulaquina (from Davao del Norte) and Jayric Iligan of Davao FA. (PIA XI) [top]