Saturday, October 18, 2008 issue
by Caecent No-ot Magsumbol, Staff Reporter
Manny Villaruel, Sports Editor
The secondary battle of the 2008 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Incorporated (CESAFI) football tournament comes to a close today featuring the dream final rematch between the defending champion Don Bosco Technology Center and runner-up University of Southern Philippines Foundation at the University of San Carlos-Technological Center (USC-TC) in Brgy. Talamban, this city.
Game time is set at 9:30.
Last year, Don Bosco edged USPF for the title by just a goal difference. They fought to a draw in the championship game, thus, Don Bosco was declared the victor for having the higher goal difference.
It’s the other way around this time as USPF enjoys a superior goal difference over Don Bosco.
Thus, the pressure is strapped against Don Bosco to sneak in a goal as USPF just needs a draw to take home the champion’s trophy.
Prior to the swashbuckling DBTC-USPF duel, the USC-North Campus will collide with the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) for third place.
Meanwhile, no decision has been reached yet regarding the alleged punching incident of a University of the Visayas player against University of Cebu booter during their collegiate match last week.
Tournament manager Jonathan “Maxi” Maximo said they are still waiting for the response from UV over the allegation before CESAFI commissioner Felix O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. could make a decision.
Even if there’s no decision yet, UV will still be playing with a badly crippled roster against USC as three of its players were slapped with a one-game suspensions after receiving two yellow cards. They are skipper Frederick Alazas, Julius Acre and Junard Aguilar.
The USC Golden Booters should take advantage of the situation as a victory over UV would catapult them to the top of the standings.
The USPF Spiking Panthers, for their part, should get past UC to stay on top of the heap.
The other college encounter pits USJ-R against the debuting Cebu Doctors’ University.