Camiguin-MisOr footballers to face Davao team

By Jack Biantan

August 24, 2022, 1:16 pm

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Camiguin-Misamis Oriental Football Regional Football Association (CMORFA) team will face the Golden Davao Regional FA for the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Under-19 (U19) championships on Thursday.

The announcement came out Wednesday following the CMORFA's 4-0 win over Zamboanga Basilan Sulu Tawi-Tawi FA (ZambasultaFA) for the Visayas-Mindanao (Vis-Min) leg a day earlier.

In another set for the Thursday lineup, ZambasultaFA will face off against the Central Visayas Regional Football Association (CVRFA).

The winners of Thursday's match will determine the leader of the group, while the top two teams in the competition will advance to the Division 1 games next year for the top winner declaration as Vis-Min champions.

Both CMORFA and CVRFA scored impressive wins against separate opponents in the opening of the 2nd Division Vis-Min National Group Stage 2022 competition Monday at the Juan Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex (JEMSC) in Zamboanga City.

During Tuesday's match, the CMORFA lads of coach Ivan Caiña started slowly until striker Nick Van Longanay scored a hat trick and led them to a 4-0 win against ZambasultaFA.

Longanay, a first-year college Information Technology student at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, played the match of his life as he opened up the scoring in the 39th minute.

He then scored another goal in the 47th minute to put CMORFA up 2-0 at the half.

Longanay completed his hat trick with another goal in the 59th minute.

Winger Salip Nul of Naawan, Misamis Oriental then sealed the match with another goal in the 85th minute.

“We won because of our game strategy. It is not a football field surface that we are familiar with, so we had to adjust our tactical approach,”  Caiña said in an interview Wednesday.

Meanwhile, CVRFA coach Glen Ramos survived an early scare to trounce Golden Davao RFA 11-2, in the second match.

Golden Davao scored two goals early in the three minutes of the match, with the first goal in the 35 seconds and then in the 3rd minute.

However, the CVRFA lads did not give up and scored their first goal in the 6th minute, with Paul Mapula opening the floodgates.

Richard Chad Songalia then scored the equalizer in the 30th.

After that, it was an all-CVRFA show with Stephen Soria scoring five goals, Ludwig Badayos adding two, with Frances Verside and Joseph Garces also contributing one goal each.

“Team preparation is very important. It is not only for the technical or tactical movements, but most of the game settles on fitness,’’ Ramos said. (PNA)