Young Makati FC earns respect at Gothia Cup in Sweden
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 22, 2019 09:59 AM
MAKATI FC's Javier and Joachin Collo (in blue kits) in their Gothia Cup showdown against IF Brommapojkarn. MFC PHOTO
Makati FC has gained respect playing against the best youth football clubs in the world in the recently-concluded Gothia Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Among the five teams, the Boys 13 delivered the best performance, making it all the way to knockout stages as it qualified to the quarter finals after hurdling three hard-fought matches.
Makati FC defeated Walddorfer SV, 5-1, Lillestrom SK, 3-0, and Ukraine FC Pidshypnyk, 5-2, before ending its campaign with a 0-3 defeat to the No. 1 seed team IF Brommapojkarna 1, 0-3, in the battle for a spot in the semifinals.
SeLu Lozano, Makati FC's chief executive officer, was satisfied on the way the young Filipino players performed against the world's best in its 37th consecutive Gothia Cup stint.
"Every year we compete in Gothia Cup we see the progress and we get to see what else we lack in terms of our program. With the talent we have now, and the current resources the club has, we are able to maximize what we have and we are able to find competition outside the Philippines to improve our players and give them the best opportunity to get good competitions in order to make them better," said Lozano.
The only youth football club from Philippines that has teams playing in the Gothia Cup, Makati FC also participated in the Boys 11, Boys 12, Boys 14 and Girls 14. The Boys 12 and 14 squads also qualified to the knockout rounds.
With what it learned in the week-long competition that featured 1,700 teams from 80 countries, Makati FC hopes to carry it over in the upcoming international tournaments in Malaysia for the Borneo Cup on Oct 1-3, Singapore Cup on Nov 3-7 and Bangkok Cup on Nov 29- Dec 1.
"We see that competitions like the Gothia Cup creates a lot of value in terms of building our athletes. Having them exposed to the level of play that challenges them and gets them excited to go home and train some more to be better," said Lozano.
"We are looking into more tournaments like the Gothia Cup and the Paris World Games that will give Makati FC the opportunity to compete in games that will offer the same caliber of competition," he added. "Makati FC used to be a club that focuses on a more recreational football but seeing that the training program has emerged to something that creates real football players amongst our youth, The goal has shifted to building the team to get better and better to have these kids reach a certain level that will give them them the opportunity to become professional football players and eventually be able to represent our country."