THE Philippine Football Federation is confident it has laid the groundwork for future youth competitions after the successful staging of the just-concluded PFF Under-15 national football boys championships at its national training center in Carmona, Cavite.
“This is just the beginning because you can expect more youth competitions in the future,” noted PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes after the championship match last Friday, with National Capital Region Football Association nipping Negros Occidental Football Association 1-0 in extra time.
After a scoreless deadlock at the end of 90 minutes of exciting regulation play, NCRFA skipper Dominic Tom scored the winning goal in the fifth minute of overtime, pouncing on NOFA’s defensive lapse with a header during a goalmouth scramble.
Davao South swamped Mount Apo 5-1 in the battle for third place.
It was a well-deserved win for the charges of former national standout and coach Richard Leyble, who were able to outwit their bigger and more physical opponents in securing the championship trophy on a very windy afternoon.
“Our team played a much a stronger team but they never gave up because we played with a lot of heart. We made history here with this win,” Leyble stressed of the hard-earned victory in the age group tourney for boys 15 years old and under.