So we just got back from the EIS Cup, a tournament organized by the European International School and their coach, none other than Chieffy Caligdong. Was a really good event and Payatas FC reached the Semi Finals, eventually finishing 3rd in the tournament.
We came from behind to beat our first opponents and it was great to see the team not give up, always run, and get the rewards for their effort. They passed well, moved well, and their shape was decent. We won that game 2-1 after conceding first before Renz scored both goals to get us the win.
In the second game we were against a rough team but again the team carried on, fought for the ball, and got the breakthrough late on with a quickly taken throw-in and good finish from Toto.
With groups of four we were sure of a Semi Final place so to give the players some different experience we changed the goalkeeper so he could play outfield, experimented with the defence, and those who had the least amount of time on the pitch before played most of the game. This was against La Salle (the eventual Champions), and they beat us 1-0. But the game was close and it was the experience that mattered. And after a long and tiring day, in 36 degree heat, the players lost the Semi Final but finished 3rd overall to take home medals and trophies from a nicely organised EIS tournament.
Earlier in the day we got some great news too as Angelica, who was the only girl joining for the U13 team and I think the only girl in the U13 Semi Finals, had made the National Women’s selection of 32 players for their training pool and camp ahead of the AFC U14 girls Championship.
Angelica has played football for just over a year and a half, was our top scorer for a tournament which was mostly for boys, and has been a regular for the team as she always fights for the ball and is becoming more and more skilled. She used to help her Dad, a truck driver in Payatas, collect garbage when she was younger but now is sponsored by the charity and goes to school every day. And on the pitch, she’s been selected for the training camp the Philippine Football Federation will organise, as part of the 32 best players in the whole of the Philippines! If she continues to improve at this rate she certainly has the potential to make the cut and eventually be a fully fledged National player in the future. We’re very proud 🙂
Finally, FIFA Futbol Mundial came to Payatas last month and their segment featuring the charity has been uploaded to youtube. It was originally shown on Sky Sports 1 & 2 in England, and then in other channels across the world. So check it out here to see more of Payatas as an area and to find out what’s going in the Fairplay for All Foundation!
(Photos to follow)