PHILIPPINE Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta yesterday took exception at statements made by PFF presidential aspirant Ricky Yanson, who claimed that grassroots and age-group players have been neglected during Araneta’s watch for the last eight years.
Araneta, a former national team player and coach who was first elected PFF president in 2011, expressed disappointment over the claim made by Yanson, the Negros Occidental Football Association president who is bidding for the PFF top post on Nov. 29 during the PFF Congress.
Araneta said his administration had not been remiss in the grassroots aspect of the sport in the country.
“If I trusted Ricky enough, I would not have ran for president again,” said Araneta, who pointed out that Yanson has some governance issues in his own organization.
“We have to keep the momentum going for Philippine football. Most of the PFF’s programs are already in place, including the Philippines Football League which is about to gain a new sponsor. More sponsorships will allow us to give more to grassroots as well.”
The PFF has been cited thrice by the Asian Football Confederation for its grassroots programs. The PFF National Under-15 tournament is on its final stages, while a national Under-17 competition is set to be held next year.