Former Azkals’ Team Captain and football icon Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong and British football Coach, Chris Thomas went to Cagayan de Oro last May 16 and 17, to share their expertise to children living in resettlement areas built in the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong.
Cagayan de Oro Sports News today: Chieffy Calindong and British Coach are giving sports clinics as part of the ‘Football for a Better Life Program’ aimed to develop grassroots football in the country. The visit to Cagayan de Oro is the fourth leg of the program’s 10-city nationwide tour supported by Pru Life UK Philippines.
Caligdong and Thomas are teaching the students from public schools, whose families were among the hundreds of thousands displaced by the storm.
Coach Percy Guarin, president of Cagayan Misamis Oriental Football Association, says that the presence of Chieffy and Coach Chris will boost the morale of the young footballers
“Higit sa training ang hatid nila—inspirasyon,” (“They bring with them not just training but inspiration”), – Guarin.
Caligdong and Thomas also oversee tournaments featuring 50 teams from within and around Misamis Oriental. These teams are fielding players in the Under-17 Boys, U-11, U-15, U-9, Ladies Open and Men’s Open categories.
“First time magkakaroon ng Men’s Open sa mga tournament na ginagawa ni Chieffy lately,” – Guarin.
Caligdong is looking forward to imparting his years of experience as a player, almost 10 years of which were spent with the national team. “Excited kaming makilala ang mga player mula sa Cagayan de Oro at mga karatig bayan. Gagawin namin ang aming best para maging masaya sila at maging maganda ang outcome ng mga tournament at clinic.” – Caligdong
The city was impressed by the success of Globe TM Football para sa Bayan Festival. Caligdong wants to make Cagayan de Oro City as the base for his Chieffy Caligdong Football Academy in Mindanao.