Former Philippine Football Federation president, Rene Zayco Adad, passed away Friday in Bacolod City at the age of 86.
A native of Kabankalan, Adad made his mark in Philippine football as member of the Asian Football Confederation. He was considered the pillar of the national Coke Go-For-Goal grassroots program that produced standout football athletes in the country.
A lawyer by profession, Adad had also served as deputy chairman of the AFC's legal committee.
In a press release, Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, who had also served as president of the Negros Occidental Football Association, remembered how Adad loved the game and how he was highly respected in the industry, particularly, in the AFC.
"On his last term in the AFC, there were 20 candidates from 40 countries vying for the position of Vice President. Rene was the topnotcher. That's how much people loved and respected him,” Puentevella said.
Adad is survived by his wife, Carmiña, daughter TV actress Ana Roces, sons Rene and Ito, and five grandchildren.*
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