By Jack Biantan,
DAVAO City — The 16 teams joining in the inaugural Mindanao Cup got a sweet incentive after organizer and patron Ricky Yanson Jr. announced that the champion team will get an all-expense paid ticket to the Luzon Cup set on late November.
“I did not announce this last night but now I am announcing it to all of you that the champion team in this competition will earn a ticket to the Luzon Cup which is set in Tarlac in November,” he said during the opening ceremony Wednesday morning at the Tionko pitches in Matina, here in Davao City,
The Negros Occidental Football Association (Nofa) president added that he is now finalizing the schedule of the tournament and the venue with the Tarlac Football Association.
Yanson in his speech before the players, coaches, organizers, FA officials from all over Mindanao and football parents, continued to stress his commitment to ‘Grassroots Development’ which has long been neglected in the country particularly in Mindanao.
“It is our earnest wish that this Mindanao Cup will be the first of the many that Nofa has committed for the development of football not just in Negros Occidental, not just in the Visayas, but also in the entire country,’’ he said.
All the 16 teams from Mindanao saw action the entire day in the elimination round. The elims will resume this morning while the quarterfinals in this 9-aside competition for boys born 2008-2009 will be in the afternoon. The semis will be on Friday morning while the championship, the battle for third place and the awarding ceremonies will be on Friday afternoon.
Aside from the trip to Tarlac, the champion teams and other winners will win trophies and medals.