Ateneo opens football campaign

February 18, 2024 Theodore P. Jurado 108 views

LAST season’s finalists Ateneo opens its quest for redemption against Adamson in the UAAP men’s football tournament today at the UP Football Stadium.

Ranged against the Falcons, who had an impressive preseason build-up, the Blue Eagles are up for a tough outing in the 2 p.m. opener.

Ateneo bowed to Far Eastern University, 1-4, in last year’s final.

In other opening day fixtures, University of the East and La Salle square off at 4:30 p.m., while University of the Philippines, determined to rebound from last year’s disappointment, plays University of Santo Tomas at 7 p.m..

The Red Warriors seek to finally punch a Final Four ticket after missing the bus last year under the tutelage of former United City mentor Frank Muescan, who replaced Fitch Arboleda in the offseason.

The Green Archers, meanwhile, are eyeing to reach the Final for the first time since 2019 behind key holdovers Mohammad Adil Almohjili, Isaac Anoh and Enrico Mangaoang.

The Fighting Maroons missed out on last year’s Final Four by just a point behind the Golden Booters, hoping to be more clinical in front of goal this time.

On the other hand, UST will look to build on last year’s Final Four run.

FEU will open its campaign for a second straight championship against La Salle on Thursday at the same Diliman venue.