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Araneta, Yanson PFF clash
stir up football community
BY NIDA A. BUENAFE

 

Two days before the election for presidency of the Philippine Football Federation, incumbent PFF chief Mariano “Nonong” Araneta presented his plans for the next four years, if he will be re-elected.

In a press release, Araneta said that his 4-year plan will see a revitalized Philippines Football League (PFL) that will also usher in more youth and age-group tournaments.

Also seeking the PFF presidency is Negros Occidental Football Association president Ricardo Yanson Jr., who had been all over the country, recently, establishing a football grassroot program.

His advocacy, “Football Para Sa Lahat” aims for more sports development program that will produce world-class players among the present breed of footballers from different provinces in the country.

“Our dream is to support more tournaments and activities for all age groups. We want more Filipinos to enjoy football and we believe more football development programs will eventually mean more lasting success in the international arena,” Yanson said in a recent forum in Manila.

With Qatar Airways announcing a three-year partnership with the country’s professional league starting next year, Araneta, meanwhile, is optimistic that the entry of an award-winning global brand will trigger more corporate support for football programs in the country.

Araneta said the country’s biggest bus company, Vallacar Transit Inc. through its Bachelor and Ceres Bus Liners, is sponsoring a national Under-13 league for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The competition compliments the Under-17 tournament set to start next year as well as the Under-15 tourney which is already in place, he added.

“We’ve worked hard to gain the trust and confidence of companies to support Philippine football,” Araneta, said, noting that he has been working on the Qatar Airways sponsorship for the three-year-old PFL since early this year.

Yanson Jr., on the other hand, has the support of Philippine Sports Commission chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, who commended him on the success of the NOFA Cup that was replicated in Mindanao and Luzon.

PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said the government sports agency will always support activities for sports development.

“I am committed to help NOFA because of its vision to promote the sport and develop players in the grassroots level,” Ramirez said.

Both Araneta and Yanson Jr. hope to get the majority of vote from the 32 provincial football association who will be voting in the PFF Congress in Manila tomorrow.*

 

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