Young goalkeepers of Bolinao Pangasinan FC Raymond Javilio and Gabby James Capa said that they are honored to play in the 2015 Philippine National Games Luzon qualifying leg despite lack of gear.
Both keepers, who each played 45 minutes in their team’s opening day 10-0 loss to the superior Polytechnic University of the Philippines squad, endured manning the posts without protective gloves.
The two shot-stoppers from the Northern province of Pangasinan said that they are just happy for the chance to play football and represent their town in a national tournament.
Javilio, 17, an incoming college freshman, manned the posts for the first half while Capa, also 17 but no longer studying, came in during halftime.
The two goalies had some moments inside the pitch, deflecting the ball on several occasions using bare hands.
“Wala ‘yun sa ‘min kasi sanay na kami. Nahihirapan kami pero kinakaya namin [We were not bothered because we are already used to it. Its difficult but we can manage],” Javilio stressed on playing without gloves in an interview with The Manila Times.
Capa, who idolizes Spanish goalie Iker Casillas, claimed that he is happy for the experience of playing in the pristine artificial pitch of the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Meanwhile, Javilio, who looks up to Azkals first choice glovesman Neil Etheridge, also added that he still dreams of becoming a player of the national team.
“Siyempre pangarap ko rin maging Azkal balang araw [I dream of someday becoming part of the Azkals],” he concluded.