Courtesy of Sun Star Newspaper (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/)
Sunday, December 21, 2003 issue
by Patrick C. Costelo
CEBU Football Association (CFA)-Hapee may have moved a win away from the National Championship but it is on the verge of losing its top striker Ronald Loayon.
Loayon, the team’s top scorer in the tournament, who led Cebu to a win over traditional powerhouse Iloilo Wednesday and to a 1-1 draw against defending national champion Negros Occidental in the ongoing 2003 Philippine National Men’s Championship-Visayas Regional Finals in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, was reportedly recruited to suit up with the Philippine Air Force.
Reports say the striker was asked to report for a medical exam yesterday as the PAF, which ruled the North/South Luzon Regional Finals, wants him in the team as early as possible.
If things go as planned, Loayon may play for PAF in the National Finals.
Jonathan Maximo, CFA president, on the other hand, appealed to the PAF yesterday not to take Loayon until the tournament finishes.
The University of San Jose-Recoletos’ Loayon has no contract with CFA-Hapee, which he joined after a three-month tryout. On the other hand, he may play for the PAF as an enlistee if he decides to leave Cebu.
The Glen Ramos-coached CFA-Hapee will play Negros Oriental at 3 p.m. today in its last elimination game of the four-team competition, which lasts until tomorrow.
Negros Oriental earlier lost to Iloilo, which Cebu ripped, 2-0, on its first assignment.