Efforts to sustain the Filipinos’ interest in football have just gotten another holler with the reaffirmation of Suzuki Philippines, Inc. (SPH) and the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) to once again, start the ball rolling for the PFF Suzuki Under-23 (U23) National Cup this year.
In the recent memorandum of agreement signing at the PFF office, both parties expressed much excitement to kick-off the football tournament in various pitches nationwide.
The PFF Suzuki U23 National Cup is dubbed as the local adaptation of the AFF Suzuki Cup, the most celebrated football competition organized by the ASEAN Football Federation for football-competing national teams in the Southeast Asian region.
According to SPH President Mr. Satoshi Uchida, “The humble, yet competitive spirit of our Philippine Men’s National Football team reflects the brand of Suzuki that we all know of. This tournament will be an avenue for the Filipinos to discover a more diverse and talented pool of budding booters.”
Mr. Uchida adds, “One of Suzuki Philippine’s thrust is really in the development of local sports. As we have always stressed, we are strongly committed to the Philippines. We have seen the likes of Joshua Beloya, Neckson Leonora, and Gerardo Valmayor III,all products of the PFF Suzuki U23 National Cup join the Philippine Men’s National U23 Football squad, who competed in the SEA Games slated in Indonesia last year. They, together with their teams, are living testimonies why SPH continue to pledge for the sports’ development in the country.”
PFF President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is one with Suzuki Philippines on this vision. “Along with the football hype in the country is our ceaseless search for a stronger Philippine team. The Cup will definitely groom our young aspirants to be the best of what they can be,” says Araneta.
This year’s PFF Suzuki U23 cup is a preparation for the SEA Games U23 cup in 2013.
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