The Golden Boot Awardee

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

WHILE the race for the Golden Boot Award is still being contested in the ongoing 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, Davao City's very own Agot Danton already owns one. She got it in Brazil, too. In the city of Rio de Janiero to be exact.

Yes, 18-year-old Agot won the Golden Boot Award for scoring the most goals in the 2014 Street Child World Cup at the Fluminense Football Club, Brazil's old stadium. She also helped Team Philippines girls to a silver medal finish in the same tournament last April after they bowed to host Brazil, 0-1, in the championship.

The Dabawenya was also joined by fellow SOS Children's Villages in Davao - Maylene Albaracin and Joy Roces Chavez, in that stint with other Manila-based teammates from Payatas Football Club and Gawad Kalinga.


Team Philippines defeated Mozambique, 1-0, in the semi-finals after crushing England, 6-0, including a hat trick from Agot, in the quarter-finals. The Filipinos also hacked out victories over El Salvador, 3-1, and South Africa, 9-0, with Agot netting four goals, in their first two games.

Agot, who is from Matina Pangi, said it's been a dream come true for her to be playing in a World Cup event in a football country.

"I really had a great time playing in Brazil. My dream was fulfilled. I realized that dreams do come true even for someone like me," she said in the vernacular.

She talked highly of the Brazilian players she met, played with and befriended. She was also amazed to see for herself the greatness of football in Brazil. "Bisan asa lagi mi muadto dunay futsal o football field, maski sa tulay. Kung unsa ang basketball diri mao ang football sa ilaha (Wherever we got, there's a futsal or football field, even on a bridge. What basketball is to us is what football is to them)," she said.
The Holy Cross of Davao College-Bajada High School student is also updated about the ongoing World Cup, predicting that Netherlands will come out as the new world champion.

"Ang Netherlands kay teamwork kaayo sila. Makita jud nimo sa ilaha pag magdula sila kay naa jud heart, mind and soul. Maka-inspire kaayo sila (The Netherlands has teamwork. They play with the heart, mind and soul. They are really inspiring)," Agot said in a Facebook conversation.

She also said Netherlands forward Robin van Persie is the "hottest" among current World Cup players.

Agot was nine when she started playing football at their SOS soccer field. She became a full-pledged player a year later. She's been a consistent scorer in most tournaments that she competed in since the time she trained and played under coach Leonor "Wowie" Satorre.

Current SOS coach Keith Shelly "Kitoy" Canton praised Agot's passion in the sport as she is not the type to give up in any circumstance.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 29, 2014.


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