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Gutierrez prioritizes cultivating homegrown talent

New Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president John Gutierrez faced the media on Friday to lay down initial plans under his term that will run for the next four years.

But among the topics discussed during the two-hour session at Studio 300 in Makati City, Gutierrez was impassioned on the need for homegrown development.

“By the end of my term [in 2027], I wish to close the gap between how the Philippines develops its talent against the rest of the world,” Gutierrez said.

Elected during Saturday’s extraordinary congress as the successor to long-time president Nonong Araneta, Gutierrez made mention of how national teams have a significant number of Fil-foreign players compared to those based locally.

He clarified that the intention is to have homegrowns receive the same training as what those based overseas are getting, and that’s what the new PFF administration would like to fulfill.

“The only reason our national team players are better than local talents is because of the kind of training, the kind of development and the kind of exposure that is afforded to them. And in my administration, that is the gap that I’ll try to bridge,” he said.