NCR teams to PFF Suzuki U23 Cup bared
by rick olivares
The National Capital Region Football Association announced the lineups to its two squads that will compete in the PFF Suzuki Under-23 National Cup quarterfinals that kick off simultaneously in Panaad Stadium, Bacolod and the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna from May 6-10, 2011.
Two teams from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and the NCR will compete in a single round robin affair where only the top two teams advance to the semifinals on May 15 and 16 at Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.
NCR Team A will be coached by De La Salle University’s Hans Smit and Far Eastern University’s Rodolfo Alicante while NCR Team B will be handled by the University of the Philippines’ Anto Gonzales who himself is a former Azkal.
Curiously however, the players from both NCR teams mainly come from the UAAP and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. And UP’s striker, Jinggoy Valmayor who was named Rookie of the Year in the last UAAP Men’s Football Tournament, was struck off the roster because of academics.
According to PFF President Mariano V. Araneta, it is hoped that the best players from this competition, sponsored by Suzuki Philippines, will complement the Under-23 National Team that will play in the Southeast Asian Games this coming November at Palembang, Indonesia.
Teams that have already secured a place in the quarterfinals include NCR Team A and NCR Team B; Bacolod which topped the Visayas Regionals and Iloilo; and Davao, whose two wins so far have guaranteed their spot in the next stage.
The Mindanao and Luzon Regionals wrap up today, Saturday, April 30.
NCR Team A (Bacolod)
Goalkeepers: Patrick Deyto, Ronnie Aguisanda
Defenders: Nathan Octavio, Deo Segunial, David Basa, Allan Serna, Miguel Montelibano
Midfielders: Stephen Permanes, Nathan Alquiros, Nikko Villa, Yannick Tuason, Gerard Pacquiao, Jay Eusebio, Ryan Lerio
Forwards: Ojay Clarino, Jesus Melliza, Don Rabaya
Coach: Hans Smit and Rodolfo Alicante
NCR Team B (Laguna)
Goalkeepers: Stephen Custodio Tyrone Caballes
Defenders: Gregory Norman Manzano Yang, Romnick Echin, Miguel Tuason, Rainier Perales, Kamanlee Suleiman
Midfielders: Michael Simms, Michael Mabanag, Enzo Bonoan, Mikko Manglapus, Jed Rances, Mateo Yuchico, Nazer Talento, Lester Madia, Dexter Chio,
Forwards Anton Amistoso Arturo Enriquez,
Coach: Anto Gonzales