Courtesy of Sun Star Newspaper (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/)
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 issue
by Patrick C. Costelo
THE Cebu Football Association (CFA)-Hapee Men’s Football Team sets outs to war against one of the most squads when its faces host Iloilo today when the 2003 Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Narional Men’s Championship –Visayas Regional Finals today in Barotac Nuevo.
Hostilities commence at 1 p.m. with Negros Oriental faces defending champion Negros Ocidental in the opening game while Cebu versus Iloilo follows at 3 p.m.
The Glen Ramos-coached Cebu selection will have a one-day rest tomorrow before it faces Negros another powerhouse team in Negros Occidental on Friday at 3 p.m. following the Negros Oriental-Iloilo match up.
The five-day clash between four teams will pit the top two teams in the championship match after the elimination while the bottom two settle for the third place battle in the finals.
The top two squads automatically qualify to the National Championship early next year together with the top teams from North/South Luzon, Southeast Luzon, West Mindanao, North Mindanao, and Central Mindanao.
Backed by Hapee and Tran-Asia, the team is made up of goalkeepers Ace Mngohid and Oscar Lemence, midfielders Niño Zapanta and Harold Buot, forwards Elemar Baunsit and Ronald Loayon.
The team pooled through a three-month selection by the CFA, include Vincent Ramos, Heintje Ruiz, Rene Mendoza, Robert Nicart, Oliver Colina, Wearlso Zabella, Rolando Verdida, Voltaire Montebon, Gregorio Guiwan, and John Michael Abellana.