FIVE young Filipinos are set to take part in the Allianz Junior Football Camp in Indonesia next week, with a shot at earning slots to the training camp in Germany.
Iloilo’s Konrad Keim Sollorin, Cordillera Goshenland’s Aeron Christian Tenollar, Malaya FC’s Jan Meir Mitra, and Tuloy Sa Don Bosco’s Michael Antillo and Archie dela Cruz will represent the Philippines in the camp set August 1 to 4 at Canggu Club in Bali.
Coach Jesus Landagan is urging the five young footballers, the mythical team members of the National Youth Futsal Cup organized by Allianz, Philippine Football Federation and the Henry V. Moran Foundation in May, to display their individual skills while showing they can be effective team players.
Two of the five representatives will be chosen to participate in the Munich camp from August 17 to 22.
Players from China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Laos and Singapore will also participate in the Bali camp.
“Umaasa ako na if ever magkakampi sila ipakita nila yung skills nila. Pero if ever hindi sila magkakasama, sana ipakita pa rin nila ang skills nila pati yung pakikisalamuha mo bilang isang player din,” said Landagan.
The Allianz Junior Football Camp was stablished in 2009 and was brought to Asia in 2013.
The Filipino footballers will get to train under FC Bayern Munich Youth coaches and interact with other players from around 30 different countries.
“Sa buong Southeast Asia, Philippines lang yung hindi No. 1 sport ang football. Pinapalibutan tayo ng mga countries especially Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia na No. 1 sa kanila ang football. Initially we were also thinking that we should have that support (in Philippine football),” PNB Life branding communications and digital director Rei Abrazaldo said.
“We were excited when discovering and finding out na meron pala talagang grassroot ng development ang football (dito sa Pilipinas) and one of those surprising discoveries is yung sa Iloilo. Dito kasi sa Manila hindi masyado ka-receptive yung audience, pero sa probinsiya popular naman ang football,” he added.