By Jack Biantan,
Team Cagyan de Oro-Little Me Academy Football Club chairman Ike Olandesca is confident that his players will have a good showing when they compete in the Mindanao Cup Invitational football tournament set to start today at the Tionko pitches in Davao City.
The CdO boys U12 team of coach Marlon Merlin was formed barely a month ago and is made up of players from CdO Division meet winners West City Central School, Kauswagan FC., International School and Little Me Academy. The Mindanao Cup is organised by Negros Occidental Football Association president Ricky Yanson Jr.
Players from West City Central School played for CdO District champions West 1 team while Kauswagan FC players, International School and Little Me Academy played for third placer North team.
Players from other winners Rosevale School and Corpus Christi School were invited but turned down the invited because of conflict of school schedules.
“This team although was formed only less than a month, play well and in fact have moved audiences on the edge of their seats every time they play. I see them like the Azkals playing against China,’’ Olandesca said referring to the galant stand of the Azkals against the powerhouse China team during the Fifa Qatar World Cup Asian elimination competition held in Bacolod City last week.
He also said their opponents should watch for this kids. “They have a lot of potential and everyone should watch out for them. It is team with lots of promise.’’
CdO team coach Marlon Merlin on his part is also confident of the CdO Team. “As a coach I have humble expectations but I expect my team to perform well in the Mindanao Cup. We will do everything to make Cagayan de Oro proud,’’ he said.
He added that he imparts on this players that football is not all about winning but rather for players to play “For the Love of the Game”, and for coaches to “Make a Difference.’
“We will play as our motto says, “Win or lose we are one and we are team,’’ he said.
On Oct. 23, opening ceremony will be at 7 30 am while the matches will start after. Matches will then resume on Oct. 24 until Oct. 25.