THE name on the shirt of the Philippine Azkals and newly crowned Copa do Brasil champion Paleirmo will now be carried by the biggest futsal event in Davao this year.
Kia, the automobile brand associated globally with football and tennis, is partnering with Bravetower Events for the Kia 5:30 2D Cup Inter-Club Futsal Tournament at The Annex of SM City Davao tentatively set to kick off on July 26, August 2 and 3, 2012.
“We are honored to extend our support to Philippine football in Davao with this futsal tournament. Kia is always synonymous to football and we are here to show that to the people of Davao,” said Boying Soriano of Columbian Autocar, the country’s authorized dealer of Kia.
“Kia Davao is in consonance with our principle of being associated with sports especially football,” said Tobi Ang, VP for Operations of Ab&T Resources Inc., dealer of Kia cars in Davao.
The second-division futsal tournament will be played starting 5:30 in the afternoon onwards during the mall’s peak hours at the activity area of The Annex. It will mark the first time that futsal (indoor football) will be played at SM City Davao.
Already confirmed to take part are Club Futbol di Garelli, Belisario FC, Crocs FC, DMMA, Alia Orange FC and Phl Rabies.
“We are still open for those who wish to participate. We still have slots left for four teams,” said Rachelle “Ching” delos Reyes, match commissioner.
The teams play double round robin eliminations with the top four squads advancing to the crossover semifinals. The semis winners will dispute the title in a winner-take-all match.
The tournament is also supported by the Philippine Sports Commission through Commissioner Buddy Andrada and Executive Director Guillermo Iroy, Jr., SM City Davao, Futsal de Davao, and the Davao Football Association headed by Edward “Chaya” Lam.