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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesMonday, February 18, 2008

Asian Challenge Cup in Bacolod uncertain
Peñalosa wary of Thai foe
WOF cagers dump BBCs


Asian Challenge Cup in
Bacolod uncertain


The staging of the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup in Bacolod City is in jeopardy following the announcement of the Negros Occidental Football Association that it will not be involved in the hosting of the tournament set in May.

In a statement, former Rep. Charlie Cojuangco, the NOFA president, said NOFA has been left in the dark on the details of the preparations for the tournament that is expected to draw teams from Brunei , Bhutan , Tajikistan and the host country.

Cojuangco blasted the Philippine Football Federation, headed by Jose Mari Martinez, for lack of courtesy, saying NOFA has yet to receive a single communication from the PFF on the staging of the event set from May 11-18 at the Panaad Park and Stadium.

Peñalosa wary of Thai foe

Despite his initial knockout win, Filipino world Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa of San Carlos City , Negros Occidental still considers his mandatory challenger, Ratanachai Sor Vorapin of Thailand , a dangerous opponent.

The 35-year-old Penalosa squares off against Vorapin in a rematch on April 6 at the Araneta Coliseum.

I know he's hungry and he wants to get back at me, Penalosa said Friday.

WOF cagers dump BBC

Arnold Laureño threw his weight around in the fourth period as World of Fun overwhelmed BBC, 82-75, Friday night to remain in the lead in the Class A duel in the 8 th Tan Kek Pin Cup Memorial Basketball Tournament in Bacolod City.

Laureño, the wily forward who was one of the catalysts in the beginning of West Negros College 's title streak in the local collegiate league, struck 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as WOF improved to 3-0 for a share of the lead with Talisay.

Adding strength to the attack were ex-BBC man Bobot Divinagracia, who finished with 13 points, Robbie Jalando-on with 11 and Romeo Pactao-in with 10.

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