Negrense footballer Nico Diola of Dr. Vicente F. Gustilo Memorial National High School in Cadiz City was named Most Valuable Player in Boys U16 division of the 24th Alaska Football Cup held Nov. 23-24 at the Alabang Country Club in Muntinlupa City.
Diola played for Makati FC which captured seven of nine championships in the tournament.
Also emerging triumphant after the two-day competition, which attracted 270 teams from all over the country, are Makati FC's Boys U16 (2003), U15 (2004), U14 (2005), U13 (2006), U12 (2007), U10 (2010) and Girls 14. The club's Boys U11 (2008) and U9 (2012) finished second.
Aside from 10 young standouts from Negros Occidental, Makati FC also drew the best from its Indonesian guest players to elevate the competition level.
There were a total of 12 age divisions in the boys and girls in a 7 a-side tournament with the games to played simultaneously on 28 football fields.
The Alaska Football Cup is biggest, competitive football tournament in the country where players aged 5-16 gather together every year to enjoy the game and, at the same time, test their skills in a competitive environment.
The tournament has been running since 1995, when Alaska tapped former professional international football player and Makati FC founder Tomas Lozano in leading the growth of the country's grassroots football.
The youth club's next tournament will be on Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Thailand for the Bangkok 7s and was also invited once more in Indonesia on Dec. 13-15 to compete with the best international club teams from abroad.*
back to top