Ambassadors Cup 2 bares mythical five; South Africa retains U11 title

ABS-CBN Sports on May 22, 2015 02:39 PM
Ambassadors Cup 2: South Africa retains U11 title
Two-time U-11 champion San Ildefonso Parish happily poses with Ambassadors Cup Task Force Head Rene Ledesma, Gawad Kalinga SipaG Program Volunteer Director Kevin Goco, Team Socceroo Football Club Manager Nicholas Reyes, UA&P President Dr. Jose Maria Mariano, Ambassador of South Africa to the Philippines Martin Slabber, and South Africa Embassy's Political Counsellor Tshire Kau. Photo by UA&P Media Management Committee

by UA&P Media


Season 2 of the grassroots indoor football tournament Ambassadors Cup ended with Team South Africa boasting of a back-to-back championship in the Under-11 category and the best futsal players cited at the close of the May 16 tournament held at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P).

San Ildefonso Parish, under the Embassy of South Africa, proved to be the team to beat when they drew 3-0 on the scoreboard against Mexico (Immaculate Conception Cathedral Soup Kitchen), with Canada (GK Sampaloc II) copping the third place finish. Timor Leste (Dream Big Pilipinas) ruled the Under-13 division, beating former champion GK Tatalon (under new entrant Germany) at ­5-0, leaving Mexico (ICC Soup Kitchen) on the third spot.

Team Germany (in white) tries to take the ball from U13 champion Timor Leste in Season 2 of Ambassadors Cup. Photo by UA&P Media Management Committee


“Our interest in football goes much beyond physical fitness, sport, entertainment…UA&P has a magnificent obsession with the beautiful game because it is one sport that nurtures character, virtues, values,” UA&P co-founder and football aficionado Dr. Bernardo Villegas said.

The Ambassadors Cup Futsal Tournament, a project of UA&P, aims to instill virtues and values among children from underprivileged communities through futsal training and competition. This year’s cup had the Embassies of Chile, Argentina, Timor Leste, Spain, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Germany, Canada, Mexico, United States, South Africa, and guest team ANZ Pilipinas partnered with the communities of San Idelfonso Parish, GK Tatalon, GK Pinagsama, GK Barangka, GK Sampaloc II, Western Bicutan Football Club, GK Concepcion, Immaculate Conception Cathedral Soup Kitchen, Birhen ng Lujan Parish, Fundacion Santiago, and football team Dream Big Pilipinas.

“It is energizing to see children run, kick, tumble, work, and laugh,” said UA&P President Dr. Jose Maria Mariano. “We hope we have really helped them become better persons.”

Awaiting the little players who not only played well but showed sportsmanship and fighting spirit was the recognition of the mythical five. Getting a medal each from U-11 were  Reymuel Capilos (ICC Soup Kitchen), Russel Agnes (GK Tatalon), Lorenz  Padre (San Ildefonso Parish), Reach Nival (GK Sampaloc II), and Cian Gabriel Galsim (GK Barangka). Recognized as the best players from U-13 were Kyle Gilan (Dream Big Pilipinas), Hanz Gabriel Alvarez (GK Tatalon), John Mark Silvosa (San Ildefonso Parish), Graham Eugenio (ICC Soup Kitchen), and Justin Arenas (Fundacion Santiago).

FUTURE MESSIS. The U-11 mythical five of the Ambassadors Cup Season 2 (from L) Cian Gabriel Galsim (GK Barangka), Reach Nival (GK Sampaloc II), Lorenz  Padre (San Ildefonso Parish), Russel Agnes (GK Tatalon), and Reymuel Capilos (ICC Soup Kitchen) with UA&P President Dr. Jose Maria Mariano,  Team Socceroo Football Club Manager Nicholas Reyes, and Gawad Kalinga SipaG Program Volunteer Director Kevin Goco. Photo by UA&P Media Management Committee


“Hopefully, next year, we will go out of Metro Manila and have a lot of other teams so that we can have what economists call inclusive growth,” Dr. Villegas added, praising the players from Batangas and citing the possible inclusion of Tacloban players in next year’s cup.

Organized in collaboration with Team Socceroo Football Club and The Henry V. Moran Foundation, Season 2 of the envoys’ cup was sponsored by ABS-CBN Sports+Action, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, and Bootcamp.

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