Celso cheers ZAFA for Chris Monfort Cup crown PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 June 2013 11:34

The Zamboanga Football Association (ZAFA) bested other powerhouse football teams from top universities in the country in the recently concluded Chris Monfort Memorial Cup held at the Ateneo de Manila University grounds.

Aside from the national title, the Zamboanga Foortball delegation also emerged third place winner in the Dipolog Centennial Football Festival under the women’s category and also third place winner in the Master’s category.

As this developed, Mayor Celso Lobregat expressed elation over ZAFA’s overpowering performance in the Chris Monfort Memorial Cup and good showing in the regional competition, stressing that the Zamboanga football delegation once again puts the city in the sports map.

A top football player during his high school and college days, Lobregat said football is fast becoming a favorite sport of the young generation and that more programs to promote the sport should be encouraged.

Dr. Justin Paber, ZAFA Secretary General thanked Lobregat and the City Government for constantly supporting the football aficionados in Zamboanga. “We hope to bring home more trophies this year and we hope that the City Government will continue to support us”.

Paber, accompanied by former ZAFA president City Assessor Erwin Bernardo spearheaded the ZAFA delegation in calling on Mayor Lobregat at City Hall. The team presented to the chief executive the trophies and medals that the group hauled during the competitions.

Paber affirmed that young kids in the city are turning to football sports in view of the popularity of the Philippine team “Azkals”. He hoped that local football enthusiasts would further hone their talents can also become a part of the Philippine national team in the future.

Meanwhile, the Chris Monfort Memorial Cup is a yearly competition organized by ADMU to perpetuate the memory of the legendary football player and coach Chris Monfort, who helped steer the Ateneo de Manila to a UAAP championship in 1996 and in the international arena with the Gothia Cup in Sweden and Finland. He likewise represented the Philippines in the 1998 World Cup in France. — Sheila Covarrubias