THE Embassies of Germany, Spain and Mexico pledged their respective commitment to support the second edition of the indoor football tilt Ambassadors Cup set in May next year.
University of Asia and the Pacific President Jose Maria Mariano, the prime mover of the futsal competition, said that the success of the inaugural staging of the competition on May 11 inspired them to continue with the endeavor as a way of fostering virtues and values for children from underprivileged communities.
“The Ambassadors of the many nations here participating, the University of Asia and the Pacific, the Philippine Football Federation, the Henry V. Moren Foundation, Team Soccerroo, and Telus Foundation—We are all now here eager to work with our futsal kids as they, in their own community, help gather a barrio into team and spread the joy of working together toward a shared victory,” said Mariano.
The participants and coaches will start their training and seminar early next year as part of their preparations for the competition on May 10.
He said that with the involvement of many embassies, they would now increase the number of participating teams. A total of 11 teams joined the tourney last year. San Ildefonso Parish-Team South Africa won the 11-year and under category while Gawad Kalinga Tatalon-Team Indonesia brought home the 13-year-under crown.
Mariano praised the embassies of South Africa, Chile, Brazil, Timor Leste, Nigeria, Argentina, Indonesia, USA, South Korea and the United Kingdon for their valuable support during the 2013 edition of the game.