AU booter relishes NCAA triumph

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Arellano University standout Char¬les Vincent Gamutan said that winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 91 men’s football championship is a dream come true for him and his alma matter.

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Gamutan played a vital role in Arellano’s final match against San Beda College, scoring one of the two goals that sealed their team’s historic first championship since joining the league in 2009.

“Masaya po kasi first championship namin ‘to. Alam ko po magiging maganda ‘to para sa future namin [I am happy because this is our first ever championship. This will be good for the future of our team],” the 21-year old booter told The Manila Times.

During the first half of the do-or-die match against the five-time titlist San Beda, the Butuan native broke the goal-less deadlock with a breakaway goal after leaving his defenders behind in the 34th minute.

He claimed that he was a bit surprised that he was unmarked considering that he’s close to San Beda’s goal, adding that he immediately took the opportunity to clinch the opener in the unmanned goal.

For starters, Arellano beat San Beda in the NCAA finals, 2-0.

Gamutan hopes to continue his impressive performance in their next campaign in the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Smart National Under-22 Amateur Championship in Bacolod that is if their team gets through the quarterfinals.

The young striker, along with some of his teammates, also plays for the Cherifer-Flame United FC under the Cavite Football Association, which is also coached by Arellano head coach Ravelo Saluria.

However, Gamutan will be suspended for the first round of the national leg of the U22 tournament because of a red card given during their last outing. But he stated that he would be ready once they get the chance to qualify for the semifinals.

After his stint in the amateur football circuit, Gamutan expressed his intention to play in the local professional league namely the United Football League (UFL). But he will take everything one step at a time.

“Pangarap ko talaga makapaglaro sa UFL pero step-by-step muna. Kung bibigyan ng chance, second division muna kasi maraming pa namang mangyayari sa buhay ko [Its my dream to play in the UFL but it will be a step-by-step process. If ever I have a chance, I want to play for the second division first before anything because there are still a lot of things ahead of me],” he ended.

JAELLE NEVIN REYES

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