Courtesy of Sun Star Newspaper (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/)
Saturday, November 22, 2008 issue
by Edri K. Aznar, Staff Reporter
Mike T. Limpag, Sports Editor
THE defending champions University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) and the undefeated University of the Visayas (UV) squad will be fighting for collegiate football supremacy as they battle for the coveted 2008 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) title in the championship match today at the University of San Carlos (USC)-Technological Center football grounds.
UV will be without their star striker Junard Aguilar after he was booked with a red card in their 1-0 win against the University of Southern Philippines Foundation in the semifinals.
However, Coach Hever Buot of UV has earlier their bench players can make up for the void left by Aguilar.
On the other hand, USJ-R, which won the first four titles of the Cesafi, will also be missing defender and team captain Franco Cedullo. USJ-R's skipper will also be serving his suspension.
"We will focus on our defense for this game because our team will be without Franco. Our offense is already good.," USJ-R Head Coach Joselito Bono told Sun Star in an interview yesterday.
Even without Aguilar in the line-up for this game USJ-R will not let its guard down.
"Maybe they have a secret weapon to replace Aguilar," said Bono. "Maybe somebody will step up in his place so we must not be overconfident."
In the last meeting of both teams, the match ended in a scoreless draws.
USJ-R finished the elimination round with eight points from two wins, two draws and a loss, while UV closed the tournament with seven points from one win and four draws and was the only undefeated team in the tournament.
Meanwhile, USPF will be up against 2006 Cesafi football champion USC in their battle for third match.
In their previous encounter, USC handed USPF its first loss, edging the latter, 2-1.
In that win, the host team was led by ace striker Kyle Soriano and African winger Maurice Chebasa.
Both USPF and USC were at the top of the tournament rankings in the elimination matches but were ousted by the lower seeded teams, USJ-R and UV, in the semifinals last week by similar 1-0 scoreline.
The first game between USPF and USC will start 12:30 followed by the finals game of USJ-R and UV at 2:30 in the afternoon. EKA