October 4, 2008 Saturday issue
By Caecent Noot-Magsumbol, Staff Reporter
Manny Villaruel, Sports Editor
The Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) football event kicks off today at the University of San Carlos-Technological Center in Brgy. Talamban,this city.
Before the action could actually take place, 13 players were barred from joining the competition due to academic deficiency.
Tournament manager Jonathan “Maxi” Maximo said they are doing this because CESAFI is conscious of the athletes’ education and not solely on playing football.
Today, defending champion University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) will go up against the University of the Visayas. The other collegiate matchers pits the University of Cebu against University of San Carlos and league newcomer Cebu Doctors’ University opposite the University of Southern Philippines Foundation.
Before the tertiary action, there will be a pair of games in secondary division starting off with the showdown between USPF and USJ-R at 8 am. Afterwhich, Don Bosco will kick off its title retention bid against USC.
Last year, Don Bosco won the crown over USPF by just a goal difference.
The tournament follows a single round robin format, with the top four teams advancing into the crossover semifinals. The survivors will then clash for the championship. – Caecent No-ot Magsumbol