Four ‘imports' will see action for the Negros Occidental Football Association team in the PFF-Smart National U22 Amateur Football Championship that kicks off tomorrow at Panaad Stadium.
They are striker Usman Ilimona,18, a Nigerian; Haronori Aoki, central midfielder, a Japanese whose mother is an Iloilo native; Kragbe Santos Giovane Andre, 20, central defender from Ivory Coast; and Cameroon national, Madi Taliform, 21, also a central midfielder.
Usman and Harunori are varsity players of St. La Salle, where they are both business administration students.
Head coach John Carmona said Kragbe came from Manila and tried out for the NOFA while Madi was referred by a colleague from Cebu City.
Carmona said PFF allows a team to have a maximum of five foreign players in its lineup for the U22 championship with three of them playing at one time.
The four players said they are excited to play for NOFA and are happy to have the opportunity to play in the national stage in the Philippines.
“We have prepared hard to win and we consider this as a great challenge and we will do our best and give everyone a good game,” Madi said.
Speaking in French which was translated to English by Madi, Kragbe shared that he comes from a small city in Ivory Coast with a lot of football talents.
He added he is happy to play for NOFA as he expressed hopes that his “journey as a professional players starts here (with NOFA).”
Carmona said Madi hopes to enrol at Central Philippine State University – San Carlos City campus.*AVDC
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