Sunday, December 09, 2007


courtesy of SUN STAR DAILY Newspaper ( 9, 2007 Sunday issue
by Mike Limpag, Sports Editor &
Edri K. Aznar, Correspondent

IT WAS nothing short of throwing a monkey wrench down the machine.

What was supposed to be the start of the exciting semifinal round of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. football tournament was postponed yesterday after the office of the commissioner found two players from the University of the Visayas players to be ineligible to play.

The move comes almost a month after the event started and the players were screened.

A memo of the disqualification was written last Friday by the office of Felix Tiukinhoy, who is the Cesafi commissioner, but was handed to Sherwin Rodriguez, head of the football officials, only yesterday forcing the cancellation of the games.

If the disqualification pushes through, all of UV’s previous games will be nullified and the University of Cebu, which finished last, could get its spot in the semifinals.

However, UV head coach Eddie Buot isn’t giving up that easy.

Buot said they got a memo asking that the players complete there requirements last Dec. 5.

“The memo was written on Dec. 4, but I got it last Dec. 5 in the morning. In the afternoon I had Frederick Alazas (UV captain) comply with the requirements,” Buot said.

Among the questioned requirements were the grade of one player and the study load of the other.

“We have already complied. As to the grades, some of the teachers were not able to submit there grades last month (in time for the screening),” Buot said.

Buot said he will raise the issue with UV this Monday and is hoping that the incident is just a bad case of miscommunication among the Cesafi officials. (EKA, ML)

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