A better football community in Bohol province

By: Marsante G. Alison August 21,2019 - 10:37 PM

Bohol Governor Arthur Yap (extreme right) express support to the development of the Bohol football community along with Central Visayas Football Association (CVFA) officers and Bohol coaches. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

CEBU CITY, Philippines—No less than Bohol Governor Arthur Yap welcomed the proposals of the Central Visayas Football Association (CVFA) to further develop the football community in the province.

CVFA president Rodney Orale said Yap, along with coaches from Bohol, warmly welcomed CVFA representatives and expressed willingness to support their planned projects to further develop football, beach soccer and futsal in the province.

“No more worries for Bohol, Governor Art Yap is very willing to support football, beach soccer and futsal development. We had a very fruitful engagement with the governor. He personally loves to play football too,” said Orale.

Orale had visited Bohol on August 17 and 18 along with some of the CVFA board members, which include Josephril Partosa, Nilo Ferraren and Antonio Trebol.

Partosa heads the beach soccer committee, Ferraren handles the grassroots committee and Trebol takes care of the futsal committee.

Orale revealed that the primary reason of the Bohol visit was to meet with the Bohol Football Association (BFA) and the football association of the Bohol province to ask them to dissolve their associations as mandated by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).

The PFF had replaced the provincial football associations with regional football associations and has lumped Cebu and Bohol under the CVFA. The football clubs in Cebu and Bohol are under CVFA.

Orale said the CVFA was successfully able to accomplish this mission in just one visit.

Orale said the Bohol coaches appreciated the expressed unity of CVFA. This was also one of the reasons why Governor Yap did not hesitate support the development of the football community in the province.

“Mao to ilang gikalipay sa tanang mga coaches, na ma guide sila sa usa ka association (That was what the coaches were happy about; that they will be guided by one association),” said Orale.

Among the proposals that CVFA made was to hold an 11-A-Side tournament in Tagbilaran City on October 2019 for “Boys 12 born 2007,” which will be dubbed as the 2019 Engineer’s Cup.

“Boys 12 born 2007” means that players born in the year 2007 can join regardless of their age on the date of the tournament.

The tournament will serve as one of the activities for the grassroots development of football in Bohol.

Another proposal which was also welcomed by Yap and the coaches was a beach soccer tournament which will have four elimination legs starting on November 2019 and will hold the finals in Bohol in May 2020.

One of the elimination legs will also be in Bohol.

Also discussed was the involvement of more teams from Bohol in CVFA tournaments as well as having Bohol coaches attend seminars and licensing courses. / celr

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