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Bacolod City, PhilippinesSaturday, February 2, 2008
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PFF eyes Fegidero
as RP XI coach

The Philippine Football Federation is keen on tapping former national player Norman Fegidero Jr. for a key coaching position in the RP Team that will see action the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup set in May.

PFF president Jose Mari Martinez yesterday said Fegidero, coach of West Negros College , and Philippine Air Force mentor Edwin Cabalida passed the criteria of the selection committee, which also included PFF technical director Juan Cutillas.

The candidates are “B” licensed coaches under the AFC.

Martinez , a former national player himself, did not indicate who between Fegidero and Cabalida will serve as head coach. He added, however, that the PFF will make the formal announcement by the end of next week.

“Fegidero and Cabalida have good track records in the national level and experience as national players,” Martinez told the DAILY STAR.

Fegidero, 38, one of the country's top scorers in international competitions, is waiting for a formal communication from the PFF regarding its intention to have him in the coaching staff. Sources said that Cutillas broached the idea of having Fegidero as national coach.

“I also have other responsibilities, especially with WNC,” the 37-year-old Fegidero, the eldest of three footballing brothers, said. Fegidero's younger brothers Dave, who died last year, and Joshua also played for the national team, along with cousin Troy Fegidero.

Fegidero, who steered Negros Occidental to the 2002 National Men's Open crown, acquired his “B” license in 2005 in Manila . He also guided West Negros to five straight NOPSSCEA collegiate football crowns and a number of national titles.

Cabalida coached NCR to the PFF Centennial Men's Open national title in Bacolod City last year.

Martinez said that Fegidero's credentials were further bolstered by the fact that he is based in Bacolod , where the Challenge Cup will be held from May 11-18. Seeing action in Bacolod are defending champion Tajikistan , Brunei and Bhutam

If Fegidero and Cabalida are appointed, they will succeed Aris Caslib, who has agreed to play an active role in the PFF's coaches' development program.

It will also complete the coaching revamp in the men and women's national teams.

De La Salle mentor Hans Smit succeeded Marlon Maro in the RP women's team in the wake of the Filipino booters' dismal showing in the Southeast Asian Games in December last year. San Carlos , Negros Occidental native Joey Villarin is also part of the women's coaching staff.*CPT



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