Tams, Maroons collide in UAAP football

May 16, 2024 Theodore P. Jurado 152 views

FAR Eastern University and University of the Philippines dispute the UAAP men’s football championship today at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

A victory in the 5 p.m. will complete the Tamaraws’ golden treble for a second straight season.

FEU’s high school boys team annexed a record 11th crown last March while its women’s squad reasserted its mastery of La Salle in the Final last Friday.

The two teams last met in the league’s biggest stage in 2009, the Fighting Maroons won over the Tamaraws as the Diliman-based side under then coach Anto Gonzales built a powerhouse program.

Both schools are entering the league’s biggest stage behind thrilling Final Four victories last week.

FEU completed a comeback to defeat Ateneo, 2-1, while UP upended University of Santo Tomas via penalties 8-7 after a 1-1 stalemate at extra time.

“We’re just gonna come out and play our final game strong,” said Tamaraws coach Albert Besa.

Fighting Maroons coach Popoy Clarino are bracing for a tough battle to reclaim the throne.

“It is good to be back at the finals but the job is not yet done,” said Clarino. “FEU is a very strong team, championship-caliber.”

UP is chasing its first championship since 2018 and its 19th overall is.

The Fighting Maroons already achieved a successful campaign considering that they failed to reacg the Final Four last year.

On the other hand, there is so much at stake for the Tamaraws, who are gunning an 11th crown in the men’s division.

FEU is also striving to complete its fourth treble overall in its storied football history.