Controversy Erupts as FEU-Diliman Secures Championship Victory

Controversy Erupts as FEU-Diliman Secures Championship Victory

The UAAP Season 86 high school boys’ football tournament witnessed a thrilling championship match tainted by a disturbing incident on Thursday, February 29, as FEU-Diliman emerged victorious over the UST Junior Golden Booters in a 3-0 triumph at the UP Diliman Football Stadium.

Amidst the celebrations following FEU-Diliman’s 12th consecutive title win, goalkeeper Ben Sabuga of UST was involved in a regrettable altercation with FEU defender Bryan Villanueva. Sabuga reportedly punched Villanueva, casting a shadow over the otherwise joyous occasion.

The incident unfolded as Villanueva walked past the UST bench, appearing to gesture towards the crowd. Sabuga’s reaction led to a brief moment of tension, quickly diffused by the intervention of cooler heads on both sides. However, the UST goalkeeper received a stern reprimand from his coach, Marjo Allado, for his actions.

The championship match served as a platform for showcasing the talents of young footballers, with national men’s team head coach Tom Saintfiet among the spectators. Despite the unfortunate altercation, the players displayed their skills and determination on the field, contributing to an exciting contest.

FEU-Diliman standout Theo Libarnes further solidified his reputation by scoring in the final, securing his seventh goal of the season and clinching both the Golden Boot and Best Striker awards. Additionally, FEU’s Gian Carlo Lucha was honored with the season MVP accolade for his outstanding contributions throughout the tournament.

On the UST side, Edcel Lauron and Kent Laurenz dela Peña were recognized for their exemplary performances, with Lauron receiving the Best Goalkeeper award and dela Peña earning the title of Best Midfielder.