Typhoon Yolanda survivors will be representing the Philippines in the Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam, Netherlands from September 12 to 19.
The team, which is composed of six men from the areas of Palo, Tacloban and Ormoc, will be battling their counterparts in the world stage of the annual street football event aimed to use the sport as a medium to improve the lives of the homeless.
In this year’s competition, the Philippines is clustered in Group E together with Israel, Bulgaria, Chile, Scotland, and Hong Kong.
Palo, Leyte natives Ralph Relano Kiel Pernito team up with Tacloban City’s Angelo Marzon, Joenel Cablao, Ehgie Gerado and Ormoc City’s Genesis Pongos will be the country’s bets in the tournament.
Meanwhile, 23-year old defender Pongos expressed in an interview with The Manila Times that despite the challenges that came to their lives after the onslaught of the typhoon, they are happy to play again especially on a big stage to represent the country.
“Despite the troubles that the typhoon brought, we did not lose hope to smile and we did not lose hope to play again, ” he said.
He added that they are happy that their journey to the Homeless World Cup finally came into a reality.
“Now, we are just happy to have a chance to play and show the world how we can recover through playing,” he ended.