Bukidnon student in PH football team; PH defeats Brunei in AFC Qualifier game 1

Elljhone Clyde Rasonable, 13, is an incoming Grade 8 student of Bukidnon National High School who is a member of the Philippine national football team (Under 14) competing at the 42-country qualifier for the Asian Football Confederation 2014 Championships in Myanmay from May 28 to June 3. Bukidnon News photo courtesy of Rasonable family

Elljhone Clyde Rasonable, 13, is an incoming Grade 8 student of Bukidnon National High School who is a member of the Philippine national football team (Under 14) competing at the 42-country qualifier for the Asian Football Confederation 2014 Championships in Myanmar from May 28 to June 3. Bukidnon News photo courtesy of Rasonable family

MALAYBALAY CITY ( Bukidnon News/29 May) Thirteen year old football player EllJhone Clyde Rasonable from this city is a member of the Philippine team competing in the 42-country Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U14 Championship 2014 Qualifiers in Naypyidaw, Myanmar from May 28 to June 3.

Playing under “Group E” in the eight-group tournament the team won its first game with Brunei Darussalam 3pm. Tuesday with a score of 4-0.  The team battles host team Myanmar at 6p.m. Wednesday, Malaysia at 9a.m. Friday, and Vietnam at 3:30p.m. Sunday.

Rasonable, taking defender position in the team, is the only one from Northern Mindanao in the 17-member team supported by the Philippine Football Federation. He is a member of the M-Kids Malaybalay foot ball club.

He is an incoming 8th Grade student at the Bukidnon National High School. His family lives in Brgy. 9, Malaybalay City.

Elljhone’s father Claudio said his interest in football bloomed lately when he joined MKids. But the father admitted that being a basketball player himself, he thought Elljhone would want to follow his footsteps so he tagged him along in his games.

“Eventually, a friend convinced me to consider encouraging him to play football instead,” the elder Rasonable recalled seeing his son watch football games at the Capitol grounds.

His father said Elljhone was not enrolled in his high school’s special program for sports because they did not expect he would be interested.

“But he caught us by surprise and we are so happy for him,” he added.

Rasonable said it was only lately when they learned that their son wanted to become a “professional football player”. The PFF invitation “shocked” the family as it came in short notice.

“We had to cram for the preparation of documents to obtain his passport,” he added.

MKids won the U14 football tournament with the Bukidnon Football Association in Del Monte in 2012. They qualified to represent Bukidnon in the regional tournament in Gingoog City, where Elljhone was discovered by Eliezer Obias Faborada, a coach from the PFF.

He was then listed in a training camp for national pool members of the Philippine U14 (Boys) Team in San Carlos City Negros Occidental on April 5 to 25, 2013.

Sarah Valderrama, MKIDS officer, said they welcome Rasonable’s inclusion in the national team and the group is proud that even after only three years, they were able to produce an athlete with Rasonable’s calibre.

She added that they were inspired to continue their work with the young people, especially the poor who excel and have interest in football.

But Valderrama added that even when they started among the serious challenges of the youth who could play football is online gaming. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News.Net with reports from Sealtiel Melendez/Xavier University intern)