Konrad Sollorin draws inspiration from Chieffy Caligdong as Ilonggo booter eyes Munich stint
Konrad Keim Sollorin is one of the young booters representing the Philippines in the fifth Allianz Junior Football Asian Camp in Bali, Indonesia. Chelseia Jose

KONRAD Keim Sollorin is hoping to follow the footsteps of Chieffy Caligdong as he looks to make his mark early with four others as they represent the Philippines in the fifth Allianz Junior Football Asian Camp in Bali, Indonesia next week.

Although Sollorin isn’t looking to mimic the style of play of the hardworking winger Caligdong, thriving instead on defense in local and international events, the 14-year-old is inspired by his fellow Ilonggo's achievements in football.

Named Best Defender of the elementary division of the 2016 Palarong Pambansa, Sollorin is now set to take part in the Bali football camp, and will vie for a spot in a training camp in Germany.

The 14-year-old Sollorin was part of the mythical five of the National Youth Futsal Camp (NYFC) in May along with Cordillera Goshenland’s Aeron Christian Tenollar, Malaya FC’s Jan Meir Mitra and Tuloy Sa Don Bosco’s Michael Antillo and Archie dela Cruz.

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“Nadiscover ako ng Allianz noong naglaro ako noong nag-tournament sila ng Youth Futsal Cup. Baka may nakita sila na potential sa akin maglaro doon at kung paano ako maglaro. Baka may nahanap sila sa akin para mapasali sa camp,” said Sollorin.

“Masaya ako na napili ako ng Allianz. Sinusuportahan talaga nila ako sa training tapos yung pagkain libre nila at komportable natutulugan ko. Hindi ko inexpect na aabot ako hanggang dito ngayon.”

Sollorin started playing football at the age of four in his hometown of Janiuay in Iloilo and was elated to have a picture with the province’s star Caligdong. 

However, Sollorin said his mother, a retired teacher, and father who is a marine engineer, are the ones who mainly inspires him to play football.

“Ang nag-iinspire talaga sa kin yung parents ko. Kasi palagi nila akong sinusuportahan. Tapos para maging proud sila sa akin ginagawa ko lahat para marami akong maging panalo at para maging proud sila sa kin. Para na rin maibalik ko kung ano yung binigay nila sa akin.”

Sollorin knows the Bali camp, and a possible Munich stint, will be boost as he aims for greater heights in football.

An eighth grader at the Ateneo de Iloilo High School, Sollorin not closing the doors on a possible transfer to Manila.

“Pero sa Ateneo ko din sana gusto makapaglaro kung dito sa Manila,” he said.

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“Mag-tratraining pa rin ako araw-araw, every afternoon pagkatapos ng klase ko. Tapos palagi akong magdadasal na magaling ang kalabasan ng laro ko.”

Sollorin was also a member of the Dreaming Futbol United squad that won the 2017 NCRFA Youth League and 2015 Pinas Cup U14 third placer and has played international events such as the 2015 Singa Cup U12 and the 2016 Borneo Cup U13.

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