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Davaoeño makes PH Boys Under-15 Nat’l Team

September 20, 2019 - Friday 7:09 AM by Romeo Braceros

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A promising Davaoeño football player has made it to the Philippine Boys Under-15 National Team that will compete in the Asian Football Federation (AFF) U16 Championship 2020 Qualifiers to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 14-22. 

Uriel Dalapo, a student of Ateneo de Davao University is now officially part of the 23-man PH Boys Under-15 National Team that will participate in the tough international football tournament.

Dalapo, a member of Crocs Football Club and the Davao City under-16 boys’ team, is expected to provide stability on both offense and defense for the team.

The promising football player is one of the vital players for the Davao City team recently swept all its matches in the Mindanao eliminations of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) boys under-16 national championship.

For being undefeated in the Mindanao eliminations, Davao City has earned a slot to compete in the national finals in the PFF under-16 national championships in Metro Manila later this year.

According to reports, the Philippines is grouped with Brunei Darussalam, China, Northern Mariana Islands, and host Indonesia in Group G. 

The top teams from the 11 groups, along with the four best second placed teams will qualify for the final round to be held next year.

This will be the second international tournament for the team, having participated in the AFF U15 Championship 2019 in July and August this year in Chonburi, Thailand.

Former national team player Roxy Dorlas remains the head coach of the team. He is assisted by coaches Christian Salanguit, Reggie Miraflores, Elizer Fabroada, and Ralph Nino Datoy. PFF Head of Youth Development Reiji Hirata is the team’s technical consultant while PFF Grassroots Officer David Javellana is the team manager.

The team conducted their tournament preparations at PFF National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.

“We wish the Philippines Under-15 Team all the best in their AFC U16 Championship 2020 Qualifiers campaign,” said PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes. “This tournament serves as an opportunity for the team to play against some of the best youth teams in Asia.”