Football: Barotac Nuevo honors past football greats

April 6, 2011 12:37 am 

BAROTAC NUEVO, Iloilo , April 5 — The hotbed of Philippine football will confer the coveted Achievement Award on three former Filipino football greats, all natives of this soccer-crazy coastal town.

Barotac Nuevo Football Tournament Director Emmanuel Braganza made the revelation on the eve of the town's annual soccer competition now on its 10th year, attracting 11 provincial clubs out to test the mettle of Barotac clubs starting on April 6 at the Barotac Nuevo football grounds.

The 11 visiting teams are from the Iloilo towns of Pototan, Sta. Barbara, Zarraga, and one from the province of Antique.

Iloilo City boasts of a number of upset-conscious football clubs and is sending four, namely; Westbridge High School, Angelicum, St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary, and Central Philippine University.

The awardees are Pancho Zulla, a mainstay of the Philippine team from 1975-83, and a recipient of the Best Defender Award during his time and now an active coach; Elmer Bedia, fearsome striker and Mr. Philippine Football in 1986.

Bedia holds the distinction of the first Filipino to play in Germany's Division I professional league as well as in Australia; and Mariano "Nonong" Araneta, current president of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).

Araneta, along with his brother Lurix, father of Azkals striker Ian Araneta consistently led the Philippine team in international competitions during the 70s and early 80s.

Philippine Azkals football team left winger Chiffy Caligdong, also a product of Barotac Nuevo will grace the awarding ceremonies as special guest. (PNA)

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