Two Philippine touch football clubs bagged one gold and one bronze medals in the 2016 Asian Club Championships (ACC) on Sunday in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mostly composed of Filipino-Australian players, the Philippine Cobras subdued the Phnom Penh Sun Bears, 8-5, in the fifth and final round to claim the overall title in the mixed division.
“This is a huge win for the Philippines because it is the first time we have won in the mixed division. The team really worked hard and went with a strong lineup this year,” Bianca Arco, marketing officer of Federation of Touch Football Pilipinas (FTFP) told The Manila Times on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Vipers beat Core Team of Singapore, 5-4, to settle for a third place finish.
“The Vipers learned a lot from their first international tour. We have lots of work to do before next year’s ACC,” added Arco.
The Philippines will be hosting the 2017 edition of the ACC.
“Watch out for ACC 2017. We hope to have lots of local teams for a domestic tournament as well as invite international teams to visit Manila. We hope to have more teams in more divisions as well as a referee and coaching development course,” Arco said.
The ACC working committee said that planning for the said tournament is already underway.
“The Cobras is hoping to work with our local Filipino players to develop skills for next year’s competition. We will look to play more games internationally to gain more experience,” Arco concluded.
FTTP is a Securities and Exchange Commission-registered national sports association promoting the sport of touch football in the Philippines.
FTFP is a member nation of the Federation of International Touch (FIT), the world governing body for the sport, and the Asian Touch Federation.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID