Makati Football Club caps Japan camp, to play in two international tournaments
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 03, 2019 04:31 PM
The Makati Football Club is coming back Monday after completing its two-day intensive training camp in Japan as part of its preparations for two major international tournaments next month.
Makati Football Club has wrapped up its four-day intensive training camp in Japan as part of its preparations for two major international tournaments next month.
Mostly composed of 14-year old standouts, MFC is building up for the Gothia Cup and Paris World Games on July 6-22, where it will bring five teams consisting of 80 players to Europe.
“MFC has been seeking to provide our kids with the highest quality of football in the country,“ said SeLu Lozano, chief operating officer of MFC.
The club over the weekend went to JFA Academy Fukushima, which is one of the many sub-branches of Japan Football Association that intensively offer valuable coaching and training in an optimal environment to talented players.
"Japanese football displays great discipline with high technical and tactical skills. Exposing our players to one of the best in the world will help enable their abilities to improve," said Lozano.
"This camp is a good way to benchmark the level of football Japan has that will help MFC gather possible ways of maximizing the full potential of our elite players and create opportunities for them. We hope to continue to partner with JFA and JFA Fukushima to make strides towards developing our youth’s future," he added.
The camp included friendlies against Tomisumika FC, JFA Academy and Liberdade FC.
Makati FC has hired the services of Masahiko Uema (JFA S license) and Takahiro Adachi(JFA A and JFA GK-A License) , to lead the training camp.
The young players was accompanied by former national team standout Richard Leybe, a FIFA "B" licensed and AFC GK Level 1 licensed coach, who is also the assistant coach of Stallion Laguna FC and the technical director of Stallion And Makati FC Youth.
Also in the camp was ace women's national team goalkeeper Inna Palacios, the MFC goalkeeping coach and a UAAP champion with La Salle.
MFC has played a very important role in developing young football athletes in Philippines since 1976, founded by its president Tomas Lozano, a former Real Madrid FC player.