PH youth club Malaya FC enjoys banner 2019

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Malaya FC can consider 2019 a fruitful year considering the Youth Football League (YFL) season 3’s conclusion, by winning the championship in four of seven age divisions in the country’s premier youth league.

In finals matches played over four weekends, Malaya FC emerged as champions in the under-11, under-15, under-17, and under-19 categories; and 2nd runners-up in the under-13 age group.

“Malaya really dominated the YFL this season,” said Joseph Gensaya, YFL technical head as he awarded the YFL championship for the fourth time to a Malaya FC squad last December 8 at the Circulo Verde pitch in Quezon City.

Malaya FC U17 were the latest to bag the YFL championship, after fashioning a 4–2 win against Mendiola FC. The Golden Glove award went to Malaya keeper Lance Jeter Bencio; Most Valuable Player award went to striker Carlos Maniscan.

The day before, Malaya FC U15 comprehensively beat Kaya FC Elite 5–0 to win their division convincingly.  Malaya keeper Gabriel Anthony Cadisal was given the Golden Glove award, while defender Mark Maghinay Palallos was named MVP.

In the U11 category, Malaya FC triumphed 3 – 1 against Kaya FC Yellow to bag the championship, capping an undefeated run throughout the four-month tournament. Malaya keeper Kyle Castillo was awarded Golden Glove honors; midfielder Kenneth Dela Cruz was named MVP. 

Leading the way for the younger teams by winning the first championship of the YFL season were Malaya FC U19 with a 4–2 mastery of Mendiola FC. The Golden Glove award went to keeper Kristian Harald Bumatay, while MVP award went to striker Kieth Absalon who suited up as defender in their last two matches.

En route to winning their YFL titles, the Malaya FC teams also picked up podium finishes at the Borneo Cup 2019 held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: U17 were first runners-up, while U15 and U11 were 2nd runners-up in the AFC Tier 3 tournament.

William Gueridonn for U17, Yves Blanc for U15, Jovert Ayuban and Jake Morallo for U11, and Marvin Dava for U19 were the coaches of the winning Malaya teams, with Roland Sadia as goalkeeping coach.

“It’s been a banner year for Malaya FC, with the teams posting their best finish yet in both the YFL and Borneo Cup,” said Malaya FC secretary-general Mark Duane Angos. “The players in these teams have been training and playing together for at least 2 years – with some in U17 playing together for about 6 years now – and it shows in the results.”

However, Angos said there were also some eye-openers this year for Malaya FC.

“One is the need to level up our skills to be able to compete in higher-tiered tournaments in the region. While we have done well at the Borneo Cup, we’re aware that we need to raise our game in order to be competitive in ASEAN youth football,” he said. “That’s what we’re aiming for and focusing on this coming year.” 

Malaya Football is a non-profit organization dedicated to using the sport of football for community development. The club gives children from underserved communities the chance to learn and play football through free regular and continuous training, and participation in highly competitive leagues such as the YFL as well as local and international tournaments.

Malaya FC is a founding member of the YFL and a member of the Cavite Football Association (CAFA).

Photo Credit: Malaya FC and Youth Football League

LaLiga, clubs Valencia CF, RCD Mallorca & Real Valladolid in Manila for SPIA Conference

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Representatives from LaLiga and its clubs, Valencia CF, RCD Mallorca and Real Valladolid CF are going to be in Manila this week to take part in the SPIA Asia international conference, which will be held on December 2 and 3 at the Grand Hyatt in Bonifacio Global City.

This year’s event is the fifth edition of the sports industry congress that will see 600 delegates and 60 international speakers come together to share knowledge and experiences about the latest trends in sports marketing, business strategy and international development.

The football industry will take centre stage, with LaLiga and its clubs once again to be showcased as role models thanks to their successful growth and internationalization strategies.

Maheta Molango, RCD Mallorca CEO; David Espinar, head of the president’s cabinet at Real Valladolid; and Josep Borrell, Valencia CF‘s commercial strategy coordinator, will offer those in attendance an insight into the various internationalization strategies undertaken by their clubs, their links with and future plans for the Asian continent, as well as their relationships with their global fans and partners.

A number of LaLiga outfits have interests and ties with Asia through the presence of players from the continent such as, playmaker Takefusa Kubo of Japan, who’s currently on loan at Mallorca and Valencia’s South Korean forward Kang-in Lee. Meanwhile, Real Valladolid were one of the first clubs to establish such a link after they signed Japanese striker Shoji Jo back in 2000.

The institution will also be represented during the talks at the event, with Ivan Codina, LaLiga‘s managing director for South-East Asia, Japan, Korea and Australia; and Almudena Gomez, LaLiga delegate in the Philippines, set to deliver presentations. The pair are part of LaLiga’s comprehensive network of staff based across the globe. The organisation will also take part in a panel discussion which will focus on trends in the development of the football industry across the Asian leagues and how leagues contribute to the progress of the game at a local level, as well as LaLiga’s strategy and projects in the region. 

The SPIA Asia 2019, organized by MMC Sportz and supported by Tourism Promotions Board Philippines will also be graced by a special guest in the shape of Real Valladolid President, Ronaldo “Il Fenomeno” Nazario De Lima, who will take to the stage on 3 December during the SPIA Asia “Straight Talk” before being awarded the SPIA Asia “Sport & Beyond” award.

Meanwhile, the summit will conclude with the annual SPIA Asia Awards Gala, which recognizes and celebrates excellence of the Asian sports industry. 450 submission from 47 eligible countries have been received to recognize the top achievers in 25 award categories including of the “Best Asian Sportsman & Sports Woman of the Year” and the “Best Asian Sports Team”. LaLiga has been shortlisted in Asia Top 10 in the accolade for the “Best Influencer Marketing Campaign of the Year”.

This year sees SPIA Asia 2019 will take place from December 2-3, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Manila as part of the official activities of the 30th South East Asian Games.

In terms of LaLiga’s presence in the continent, the institution currently boasts three offices throughout in Asia (Singapore, China and India), whilst a team of 12 delegates are based across the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Australia, amongst other territories. In addition to having secured local sponsors and offering tailored social media accounts in several Asian countries, LaLiga has also signed various agreements with a number of local leagues and federations.