23 October 2017

Match 107 JPV Marikina FC vs Davao Aguilas FC Forfeit In Favor of the Away Team

In an unfortunate turn of events, the match between JPV Marikina FC vs Davao Aguilas FC on October 22. 2017 was ruled in favor of Aguilas with an end score of 0-3.
Reason of which is that the supposed ambulances that were meant to be in Rizal Sports Complex had gotten into an accident on their way to the stadium. Please refer to the incident report Stat Med Emergency Health Solutions, Inc sent to us for the specifics:


Philippine U19 Team to Play in AFC U19 Qualifiers

The Philippine Boys Under-19 National Team begin their campaign in the AFC Under-19 Championship 2018 Qualifiers starting Tuesday 24 October 2017 at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The team left for Cambodia last Sunday 22 October and are in Group G along with host Cambodia, China PR, and Myanmar.

The qualifiers will be from 24 to 28 October 2017. The group winners, along with the five best second-placed teams will advance to the final round which will be held in Indonesia on October 2018.
Alimar Ambong – Bacolod City
Vince Baito – Pototan, Iloilo
Joshua Broce – Sagay City
Rez Fernando Dahan – San Carlos City
Pietre Dakay – Cebu City
Al Christler Dela Cruz – Bacolod City
Beejay Gonzales – Cagayan de Oro City
Quincy Kammeraad – Netherlands
Mark Francis Mercenes – Tacloban City
Joseph Mirandilla Jr. – Alaminos, Laguna
Kier John Napolitano – M’lang, Cotabato
Dominic Nazal – USA / Ilocos United FC
Erich Rafael Orale – Cebu City
Marcel Ivan Ouano – Cebu City
Zinedyne Imhel Peñaflor – Las Piñas City
Elljhone Clyde Rasonable – Malaybalay City
Jesse Riel Semblante – Consolacion, Cebu
Daniel John Sijub – San Carlos City
Jericho Sinconiegue – Valladolid, Negros Occidental
Mariano Suba Jr. – Tarlac City
Fidel Victor Tacardon – Quezon City
Lemark Unabia – San Carlos City
Moses Webb – Mandaluyong City
Robert Lawrence Wilson – Cagayan de Oro City
The PHI U19 team is composed of 16 players that were selected for the AFF U18 Championship 2017 in Yangon, Myanmar and 8 other players who were selected after tryouts. The team had training sessions at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
The PHI U19 team is led by head coach Jose Maria Aberasturi and assisted by coaches Marlon Piñero, Florante Altivo, and goalkeeper coach Anthony Albao.
24 October 2017 – 3:30 PM local time (4:30 PM Manila time)
Myanmar vs Philippines
26 October 2017 – 3:30 PM local time (4:30 PM Manila time)
Philippines vs China PR
28 October 2017 – 6:30 PM local time (7:30 PM Manila time)
Philippines vs Cambodia


22 October 2017


Due to the unavailability of a minimum of two ambulances present at the venue, as required pursuant to Article 12.6 of the PFL Tournament Regulations, the match between JPV Marikina FC and Davao Aguilas FC has been called off.
The PFL will decide on the status of the match and announcement to follow.


PFL Sunday : JPV Marikina vs Davao Aguilas

JPV Marikina vs Davao Aguilas
Start 4 pm
Rizal Memorial Stadium

Livestream :

JPV Starting XI: Tripulca, Yanagawa, Kane, Uesato, Mahmoud, Otomo, Odawara, Shimono, Unabia, Baguioro, Belgira

Substitutes: Tacusalme, Canedo, Elnar, Altiche, Espinosa, Celiz, Gasic

Despite huge win, Vidakovic lashes out concerns about PFL

By Ivan Saldajeno
BIÑAN--His team's huge win that boosted its PFL playoff bid did not stop Ceres Negros coach Risto Vidakovic from expressing his concerns about the league as evident in the recent developments.

In an interview with some reporters moments after a 1-0 win over Stallion Laguna at the Biñan Football Stadium on Saturday, the Serbian mentor first mentioned about the scheduling of the games.

"We are all tired already. We cannot talk anymore about football. We have to talk about how to keep the players safe," said Vidakovic, whose team is in the middle of a five-game swing in a span of 15 days. "It's not funny anymore. If [the league officials] don't care, we will not have a good league."

Vidakovic then hit out at the officiating of the match.

"[The referees] influenced the result. There is no sense," Vidakovic continued. "With this kind of referees, we cannot expect other things."

Among his concerns was an apparent handball violation against a Laguna player inside the penalty area but was not called by the referee.

He even downplayed Bienve Marañon's 28th minute goal and a clean sheet for Mike Casas, who took over the posts with primary goalie Roland Muller suspended for the match, and kept on blasting the umpires.

"They have to focus on trying to be fair. With this kind of referees, we aren't going anywhere," Vidakovic concluded.


21 October 2017

PFL Standings

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PFL : Kaya Fc Makati 2-0 Global Cebu

PFL Saturday ! Kaya Fc Makati vs Global Cebu 4 pm UMAK Stadium Livestream :


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PFL : Stallion Laguna 0-1 Ceres-Negros

PFL Saturday ! Stallion Laguna vs Ceres-Negros 3 pm Binan Football Stadium Livestream :


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20 October 2017

WFL Sunday

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Updated schedule for the next round of games.
- M106 Stallion Laguna FC v Ceres Negros FC moved to 3PM
- M36 Stallion Laguna FC v Ceres Negros FC moved to 3PM
- JPV Marikina v Davao Aguilas to take place in Rizal Memorial

20 Oct PFL Advisory: M108 Ilocos United FC vs FC Meralco Manila, 20 October 2017

The match between Ilocos United FC and FC Meralco Manila scheduled on Friday 20 October 2017, has been declared a forfeiture (0 – 3) in favor of FC Meralco Manila.
Ilocos United FC is sanctioned with a loss of points (forfeit) as a result of failure to remedy, despite opportunity given, its non-compliance of the Franchise Agreement.
Announcements will be made in relation to future matches.


Ilocos United :

Team Statement:
With regard to the events and circumstances related to PFL Match #108 of Ilocos United FC vs FC Meralco Manila, Ilocos United will issue a formal statement on Monday morning after the club confers with its legal team. Thank you.

15 October 2017

PFL Standings

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Fourth-placed Global Cebu FC look to solidify their place in the top four with a match against JPV Marikina tonight 15 October, 7:00 PM at the Cebu City Sports Centre in Cebu.
Cebu came close on securing a point against Ceres Negros FC last time out only to be denied by a Stephan Schrock goal to go down to fourth place.
Global’s campaign has been all about dealing with issues. Misagh Bahadoran and Amani Aguinaldo are out due to injuries while Rufo Sanchez and Darryl Roberts are suspended for the match.
Still Global coach Akbar Nawas hopes that his team can turn things around.
“We have been dealing with several issues for the entire season,” said Nawas. “But what is important is that we want to be in the playoffs.”
Marikina coach Dan Padernal admits that there are his side, along with Global and Stallion are battling for a spot in the Finals Series.
“It’s us (JPV), Global and Stallion for the last playoff spot,” said Padernal. “We have to be tactically disciplined. Playing against Global in front of their home crowd is a different story.”


Livestream link :


JPV Marikina Starting XI: Uesato, Otomo, Baguioro, Odawara, Shimono, Belgira, Yanagawa, Kane, Ali, Tacusalme, Tripulca

Substitutes: Gasic, Unabia, Basa, Elnar, Canedo, Cutamora, Altiche

PFL Sunday : Davao Aguilas 2-0 Ilocos United

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Start 4 pm :

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25 mins 1-0 Harrison Sawyer , Davao Aguilas
1-0 HT
2-0 James Younghusband
2-0 FT

Livestream link :


First win for Davao Aguilas in PFL !

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14 October 2017


Ceres-Negros FC powered its way to a 3-2 win over Kaya FC-Makati in injury time to score its third straight victory in the PFL last October 14 at the Panaad Stadium. The Busmen scored the winner in injury time after being down to ten men in the second half.
The visitors opened the scoring when an unmarked Jordan Mintah redirected a Robert Mendy cross to stun the home fans in the 3rd minute. The home squad equalized in the 10th minute when Captain Arnie Pasinabo Jr. launched a deep cross to Maranon who coolly headed the ball to the far post.
Ceres went ahead in the 15th minute when Rodriguez struck a dead ball in front of goal rooting Ref Cuaresma in his spot for the 2-1 lead. Kaya almost had an equalizer moments later but Roland Muller did well to block Mintah’s glancing header.
Both teams had difficulty with the conditions as the pitch was watery in some areas  due to the rains in the last two days. The Makati representatives had twin chances near the halftime break but Mendy coudn’t get a shot on target.
Things got testy minutes after the restart when a mad scramble in the Ceres box allowed the visitors to score an equalizer thru Alfred Osei in the 56th minute. Muller was able to save the ball moments prior but Mintah hit the back of his head which made him lose the ball and allowed Osei for a shot on goal.
The busmen were livid with the the referee and his assistant for allowing the play to go on. Ceres Coach Risto Vidakovic was sent off minutes later after engaging with the referees after the play.
The Negros squad didn’t waste time and immediately chased for a winner after a lengthy delay in the restart. Ref Cuaresma had to contain twin chances from Kevin Ingreso and Maranon near the 70th minute.
Negros had a golden chance in the 77th when Stephan Schrock weaved in and out of the wings before crossing to an unmarked Maranon. The Spaniard however didnt had a chance to connect the ball as Adam Reed headed the ball to safety.
Things turned bad for the home team as Jeffrey Christaens was given a second yellow after challenge of a Kaya counter leaving his team to ten men. The Bacolod squad worked hard to create good chances but the Kaya keeper played well to maintain parity.
The home squad was awarded a penalty in the 85th minute when Osei checked Schrock inside the box. Maranon stepped in for the kick but Cuaresma came out with a toe save after a cheeky try in the middle by the Spaniard.
Schrock lorded the wings in the 90th minute before releasing a good cross to Rodriguez who unfortunately missed to redirect the stinging cross on goal. Kaya almost scored a winner moments later when Mintah attempted to chip from the wings but Muller did well again to prevent the danger.
It was in the 94th when Ceres got what it deserved. A reverse ball by OJ Porteria to Schrock allowed the midfielder to hold the wing before finding Rodriguez who was just wide in front of goal. The Spanish striker who was unmarked brilliantly slotted in the ball from a wide angle to score the winner for the home team.
I am so happy for the result and to be able to help the squad in getting three points.
Ceres Assistant Coach Pepe Losada was happy with the team’s win but was livid against the refereeing in the match.
“First of all, we the staff are very proud of our players because we played against eleven players plus the referees”, said Losada. “This is no good for the Philippine football. If the federation do not fix this problem, it is impossible to improve here in the Philippines. About the players, we are very proud (that) they fight. The field was so wet and we adapted so good to the pitch”, the assistant Coach added.
“With these kind of attitude of the referees its very dangerous for the players of both teams. Super Herrera had a broken lip and you see the yellow cards? Ceres had six yellow cards, one red, and Kaya had zero (cards)”.

Ceres striker Fernando Rodriguez had a few words in the post-match press conference. “I am so happy for the result and to be able to help the squad in getting three points.”
The win pushed Ceres-Negros to 38 points, just seven points shy of league leaders FC Meralco Manila and with plenty of games to spare. They will play JPV Marikina on Wednesday in Panaad and a win can push them to the second spot.

PFL : Fc Meralco Manila 0-0 Stallion Laguna

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FT result : 0-0

12 October 2017

PFL Weekend

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It was an action-packed International Break for our Azkals and the rest of the world, but the PFL is back this weekend!

Matchweek 20 begins with four games over the weekend. The race for play-off spots will surely continue to heat up as the inaugural season of the PFL begins to wrap up!

*Livestream links to be posted once available



Livestream FC Meralco Manila vs Stallion Laguna  , 4 pm


Ceres Negros Fc vs Kaya Fc Makati, 7 pm


11 October 2017

Yemen Vs Philippines 1-1 All Goals & Highlights 10/10/2017

Late Ott goal rescues point for Azkals

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Mike Ott struck in the 89th minute as the Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw with Yemen early Wednesday to stay on top of Group F of AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Al Wakr Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai first division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.
Tawfik Ali put Yemen in front with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.

With a second straight draw against the Yemenis, the Azkals improved to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen.
The Tajiks are ahead of Yemen on goal difference after beating Nepal, 3-0, in Dushanbe for their second straight win
While the result didn’t clinch the Azkals an Asian Cup berth, it could ultimately prove crucial as the Filipinos next face Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.
A victory in the Nepalese capital will seal qualification for the Azkals with a game to spare as Yemen will still play Tajikistan in Dushanbe.
With four regular starters out due to injuries, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was forced to improvise with his lineup.
JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane was a surprise starter at central defense in his Azkals debut, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.
Manny Ott’s absence meant Pika Minegishi was deployed up front with Phil Younghusband placed in an advanced role at midfield.
The Azkals came out with more energy and vigor in the opening exchanges but the Yemenis’ speed on attack always posed a threat.
Mike Ott forced a corner in the second minute with a deflected effort off a pass from Phil Younghusband.
But other than that early opportunity, the Azkals were left wanting in the final third.

s proven in last month’s 2-2 draw in Bacolod, the Yemenis were always quick to punish the Azkals for their mistakes.
And it was an error from Dennis Villanueva that nearly handed the Yemenis the lead four minutes before the break.
Villanueva sent his pass out of defense straight at Ala Al-Sasi who took a first time shot from 25 yards only to be denied by the crossbar. The follow up from Al-Matari was weak with Neil Etheridge quick to collect.
The Azkals opened the second half with another half chance, but the ball from Ott to Younghusband inside the area was a tad too heavy.
The woodwork rescued the Azkals for the second time in the 56th minute when Nabil Hazaea found space in the area and had Etheridge beaten. Two minutes later, Kane had to clear Ali’s header off a corner kick off the line.
Yemen finally got its reward just three minutes after the hour mark when Ali poked the ball home after the ball ricocheted off Mulders inside the area.
Needing a response, the Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Younghusband who took a touch for Mulders.
Mike Ott did a fine job staying onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals summoned their never-say-die spirit to inch closer to a first Asian Cup appearance in 2019.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/268090/late-ott-goal-rescues-point-azkals#ixzz4v94xAzGC


Doha: Mike Ott struck an 89th minute equaliser as the unbeaten Philippines held on to top spot in Group F of the qualifiers for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup after salvaging a 1-1 draw with Yemen on Tuesday.
Tawfik Ali’s close range finish just after the hour mark at Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Stadium looked to have earned also unbeaten Yemen a second win of the campaign which would have dislodged the Philippines at the top of the table.
But with Ott firing home from just outside the six yard area, the Philippines held onto first place - two points clear of both Tajikistan and Yemen.
After the sides shared an entertaining 2-2 draw in Bacolod last month, Yemen enjoyed the better start as Philippines goalkeeper Neil Etheridge had to be on his toes to keep out a free-kick from midfielder Mohammed Ba Rowis after 21 minutes.

And four minutes before half time, Yemen’s Ala Al Sasi hit the crossbar after capitalising on an error from Philippines defender Dennis Villanueva.
Yemen continued to enjoy the better of the chances in the final third in the second half as the Philippines were again saved by the woodwork as Ahmed Nabil’s shot from Abdulwasea Al Matari’s cross crashed back off the crossbar just before the hour mark.
But Yemen finally found the breakthrough with 27 minutes remaining as Ali was in the right place at the right time after a corner had caused chaos inside the Philippines’ penalty area.
The Philippines, though, preserved their unbeaten record as Ott received a pass from Paul Mulders inside the area following a patient build up before firing past Yemen goalkeeper Mohammed Ayyash with just over a minute remaining.
Photos: AFC


10 October 2017

AFC Asian Cup Qualifier : Yemen 1-1 Philippines

The match will be shown LIVE via livestreaming at theazkals.com

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Philippine Azkals target Asian Cup qualification with a win over Yemen

An injury-plagued Philippine Azkals will go all out for a win against Yemen in a crucial Group F match in the 2019 Asian Cup Qualifying Tournament at the Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
A draw, however, won’t be bad for a squad missing veteran players like striker Javier Patiño, Misagh Bahadoran, Manny Ott, Amani Aguinaldo, Luke Woodland and many more.
In the pre-match press conference by the two squads, Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley says the team is ready to make the adjustments needed against a tough opponent.
“We respect the Yemen team. They are very good offensively, very strong. We have to be very careful. We want to survive,” Dooley said.
Dooley acknowledged the fact that their opponents have been together for more than a month now. An advantage they have over the Azkals.
“Yemen is really a strong team. You could see that they have developed in the last couple of years. Abraham (Mabraito) the Yemen coach is really doing a good job. And they have prepared for this game.”
Despite the injuries, Dooley says they are young players willing enough to take the cudgels in the absence of their more experienced peers.
“If we don’t lose tomorrow that would be great. That’s the main focus. We don’t want to lose. A tie would be great. I’ll be happy with a tie,” Dooley added.
Team captain Phil Younghusband admitted they don’t know what to expected from Yemen. But in order to win or extract a point against the “host” team, Younghusband insisted the Azkals should learn from their game against the same team in Bacolod City last month.
“If we make the same mistakes, if we allow them the same gaps, Yemen will surely take advantage. We must rectify those mistakes,” Younghusband explained.
For their part, Yemen will also go for the win to keep their bid in reaching the Asian Cups finals in UAE alive.
“We will go for the full three points. That’s why we are here,” Mabraito added.
The Philippines will face Yemen, 6pm (11pm Manila time) tomorrow at the Al Wakra Stadium.
A win by the Azkals will give then 10 points which will guarantee the Philippines at least the second spot of Group F at the end of the group stage.
Photo and Article by Erel Cabatbat


09 October 2017

Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers - Group F Preview: An important game for Philippines, says Dooley

Doha: Thomas Dooley remains focused on the job in hand as the Philippines seek to edge a step closer to a maiden AFC Asian Cup appearance in 2019 despite having to deal with a raft of injuries ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Yemen.
Javier Patino, Amani Aguinaldo, Luke Woodland and Misagh Bahadoran were already ruled out of the trip to Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Stadium for the Group F leaders.
Influential midfielder Manny Ott then suffered a medial collateral ligament injury in training in Doha and now also faces a spell on the sidelines.
Dooley has bolstered his ranks with the addition of uncapped Sean Patrick Kane from JPV Marikina FC and Jess Melliza from Stallion Laguna, with defender Daisuke Sato also making a timely return from suspension.
“It is a very important game obviously for all of us. If we win it will be huge for our goal to qualify for the Asian Cup. If we tie, we are still in a good position to qualify.
"We have two chances to score the necessary points to qualify. If we lose we still have it in our hands to qualify, but we have a lot of injuries,” said Dooley, confirming Ott is also expected to miss November’s trip to Nepal.

The Philippines and Yemen shared an entertaining 2-2 draw in Bacolod City in September to leave Dooley’s charges two points clear at the top of the table, but crucially four ahead of third-place side Tajikistan.
“The good thing is we have new players who jumped out into training looking sharp, looking good,” added Dooley. “We will try to do the best we can and hopefully we have a successful game.
“You can change if somebody can’t play because of an injury, you try to find ways, solutions to make it right.
“We have players who, when you talk to them personally, think they can play better and that they should play. This is their chance to show why they should play.”

Yemen twice took the lead last month in the Philippines, but on both occasions, were pegged back by the home side to add to their opening 2-1 win over Tajikistan and draw in Nepal.
Captained by Alaa Al Sasi, Yeman are also seeking to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time, with Abraham Mebratu’s side two points clear of Tajikistan ahead of their visit of Nepal.
“Our players have good ambitions, talent and determination while we also have a good technical staff who knows how to deal with the players,” said Yemen captain Al Sasi.
“We have played three matches in the group and achieved good results. Our aim is to finish on top of the group, and hopefully we can do that to bring joy to our people.
“We had a preparatory camp in Egypt which was useful for us. The level of the players improved recently and we are also good physically and mentally.
“We have left Yemen with one goal which is to qualify to the Asian Cup and bring joy to our people who are going through difficult times recently."
Tajikistan finally kick-started their campaign on Matchday Three with a 2-1 win over Nepal and Khakim Fuzaylov’s team will be aiming for a repeat of that result to keep their Asian Cup qualifying hopes alive when the teams meet in Dushanbe on Tuesday evening.

Dooley to decide on game day who will take Ott’s spot vs Yemen

Doha, Qatar— Philippine Azkals coach Thomas Dooley is already moving on with midfielder Manny Ott’s injury.
While he can’t emphasize enough the importance of Ott’s in the line-up, Dooley says he has already a plan to offset the latest injury woes to hit the Azkals.
“You try to find ways, solutions to make it right. We have players who, when you talk to them personally, think they can play better and that they should play. This is their chance to show why they should play,” Dooley says.
Ott became the latest Azkals to suffer an injury when he partially tore his MCL on his right knee during a team practice two days ago.
“We can’t decide 2-3 days before the game. I’ll make a decision a night before. I already something on my mind but i have to think it over,” Dooley said on the possible changes in Azkals’ line-up.
He added he will make the final changes on game day.
The Azkals are already missing striker Javier Patiño, Misagh Bahadoran, Amani Aguinaldo, Luke Woodland, Camelo Tacusalme and Kenshiro Daniels due to various injuries.
Dooley says the return match against Yemen is very important and the Azkals know that a historic spot in the Asian Cup is within reach with a good result.
“It is a very important game obviously for all of us. If they gonna win that makes it huge for our goal to qualify in the Asian Cup. If we settle for a draw, we are still in a good position to qualify. We have two chances to score the necessary points to qualify,” Dooley explains.
While Ott’s injury will need a big adjustment, Dooley is happy with the new faces in the team especially Stallion Laguna FC’s Jhan Jhan Melliza and Sean Kane of JP Voltes Marikina FC.
“We have new players here who jumped into out training looking sharp, looking good,” Dooley added.
“We will try to do the best we can and hopefully we have a successful game (against Yemen).
By Erel Cabatbat


07 October 2017

Azkals lose Ott to injury


The Philippines suffered another blow in its bid for 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification after top midfielder Manny Ott was ruled out for the next two games due to a knee injury.
Already missing key players, including Misagh Bahadoran, Amani Aguinaldo and Javier Patiño, the Azkals saw the injured list grow on Thursday in training camp in Doha, Qatar, where Ott sustained a medial cruciate ligament injury that will sideline the Ceres-Negros star for six weeks.

Ott, who suffered the injury after a collision with Harry Foll in training, will miss the crucial match against Yemen on Tuesday and will most likely be unavailable for the duel with Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.
“It’s unfortunate that I can’t be there for the team,” said Ott. “I have to focus on recovery now as there are still important matches ahead.”

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/267569/azkals-lose-ott-injury#ixzz4upZLaKY0

03 October 2017

Meliza, Kane get Azkals call up vs Yemen


Jesus Melliza and Sean Patrick Kane are set to play their debut game for the national football team while Daisuke Sato and Curt Dizon make their return when the Philippine Azkals battle Yemen for the second time in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers on October 10 at the Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
Head coach Thomas Dooley called up Stallion Laguna FC striker Melliza and JPV Marikina FC defender Kane for the first time as both are showing quality performance in the top flight Philippines Football League.
AC Horsens left back Sato returns to national duty after serving his suspension, which was due to accumulated yellow cards, while FC Meralco Manila winger Curt Dizon suits up anew for the Azkals after a short stint in 2014.
The four booters are expected to fill the absence of injured players Javier Patiño, Misagh Bahadoran, Amani Aguinaldo and Luke Woodland.
Still included in the roster are longtime national squad stalwarts Phil and James Younghusband of Davao Aguilas FC together with Dylan De Bruycker, Simone Rotan and Nicholas O’Donnell from the same club, Carli De Murga, Junior Muñoz, Kevin Ingreso, Manuel Ott and Iaian Ramsay of Ceres Negros FC, and Patrick Deyto, Dominic Del Rosario, Hikaru Minegishi, Paul Mulders and Dennis Villanueva of Global Cebu FC.
Cardiff City FC goalkeeper Neil Etheridge will banner the players from overseas composed of Mike Rigoberto Ott of Angthong United, Harry Föll of FC Hansa Rostock and Stephen Palla of Wolfsberger FC.
In the first meeting of the two countries in the qualification phase of the quadrennial tournament, the Younghusband brothers fired one goal apiece as the Philippines remained unbeaten after a 2-2 draw with Yemen last September 5 at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.

The Filipino booters, who have seven points on a 2-1-0 win-draw-loss record, lead Yemen (five points), Tajikistan (three points) and Nepal (one point) in the four-team Group F.


02 October 2017

Philippines Squad For AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Match Vs Yemen

The Philippine Men’s National Team return to action when they face Yemen in the fourth match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers on 10 October 2017 at the Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
It will be the second meeting between the two sides in the Qualifiers. The two teams figured in a 2-2 draw last 5 September 2017 at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium in Bacolod, Negros Occidental. Phil and James Younghusband scored in the draw to keep the Philippines unbeaten with two wins and a draw.
23 players have been called up for the match. Stallion Laguna forward Jesus Melliza and JPV Marikina defender Sean Patrick Kane earned their first call up to the National Team. FC Meralco Manila’s Curt Dizon makes a return to the squad after a brief stint in 2014.
Defender Daisuke Sato is back in the squad after serving his suspension in the draw against Yemen. Javier Patiño, Amani Aguinaldo, Luke Woodland, and Misagh Bahadoran are out of the squad due to injuries.
  1. Dylan DE BRUYCKER – Davao Aguilas FC
  2. Carlos DE MURGA – Ceres Negros FC
  3. Dominic DEL ROSARIO – Global Cebu FC
  4. Patrick DEYTO – Global Cebu FC
  5. Curt DIZON – FC Meralco Manila
  6. Neil ETHERIDGE – Cardiff City FC
  7. Harry FÖLL – FC Hansa Rostock
  8. Kevin INGRESO – Ceres Negros FC
  9. Sean Patrick KANE – JPV Marikina FC
  10. Jesus Joaquin MELLIZA – Stallion Laguna FC
  11. Hikaru MINEGISHI – Global Cebu FC
  12. Paul MULDERS – Global Cebu FC
  13. Jim Junior MUÑOZ – Ceres Negros FC
  14. Nicholas O’DONNELL – Davao Aguilas FC
  15. Manuel OTT – Ceres Negros FC
  16. Mike Rigoberto OTT – Angthong United
  17. Stephan PALLA – Wolfsberger AC
  18. Iain RAMSAY – Ceres Negros FC
  19. Simone ROTA – Davao Aguilas FC
  20. Daisuke SATO – AC Horsens
  21. Dennis VILLANUEVA – Global Cebu FC
  22. James YOUNGHUSBAND – Davao Aguilas FC
  23. Phil YOUNGHUSBAND – Davao Aguilas FC
Head coach Thomas Dooley will be assisted by coach Kurt Kowarz.

30 September 2017

29 September 2017


RHB Singapore Cup (Semi-Final, Second Leg)
Hougang United vs Global Cebu FC (PHI)
(30 September, Saturday, 7.30pm, Hougang Stadium)
Written by: Phoon Jia Hui
After seeing his side hold Global Cebu FC to a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their RHB Singapore Cup 2017 semi-final clash, Hougang United head coach Philippe Aw is convinced they can emerge victorious in the return leg at Hougang Stadium on Saturday night.
It looked as though Global would run out winners after Darryl Roberts scored twice to cancel out Delwinder Singh’s opener three days ago, but Fabian Kwok’s late intervention meant the tie is finely poised going into this encounter.
“It’s disappointing that we didn’t take the lead back to Hougang Stadium but based on the first leg, I feel that we can win the second leg if we stick to our game plan,” said Aw.
“For Hougang who have not achieved a trophy before, the pressure is there and we need to learn to cope with it.”
While he was pleased the Cheetahs managed to score from two set-pieces, Aw insists cutting out mistakes will be key to their chances of reaching their first-ever final in the competition.
“We didn’t stick to the game plan and conceded goals with both goals coming from our attacking situations, we’ve worked on it but we still conceded two,” lamented the former Home United tactician.
“We were jittery at the start and didn’t play our game. We lost possession too easily although we knew Global would tire in the second half and we could take advantage.
“It’s going to be the same on Saturday. We have to be confident of ourselves, don’t open up too much and what we need is just one or two attacks to hopefully get a goal or two.
“Let’s not forget Global are a good team with quality players. They played in the AFC Cup. We want to attack them but we must also worry about the transition.”  
With Home falling 3-1 to Albirex Niigata (S) in the other semi-final, this means Hougang could potentially be the only local team to be in this year’s final should they beat The People’s Club.
It is a fact not lost on Aw and he hopes his players will rise to the occasion.
“For some of these boys, this two games are really big for them,” he noted. “An example would be (defender) Lionel (Tan) who will be enlisting into the army next week.
“When we were first drawn against Ceres-Negros FC (in the Preliminary Round), nobody gave us a chance. But look where we are now, in the semis after overcoming three foreign teams.   
“It’s good on us and we are enjoying this journey so far. It’s also a good test for myself, coaching staff and my players,
“90 mins, 120 mins or even penalties, this gives us great motivation to prepare well and be ready for Global at Hougang Stadium.”
For Global meanwhile, head coach Akbar Nawas could not hide his disappointment after coming away with only a draw.
“No, I’m not happy with the result,” the 41-year-old admitted.
“We had the chances to bring a better lead into the second leg, but we didn’t. We only had 13 players available, but I didn’t want to make excuses. If I felt sore, the feeling will seep into the players.”
Paolo Bugas came off injury in their last match, leaving Akbar with possibly just 12 players available for the second leg.
But the former Tampines Rovers head coach remains unfazed.  
“I take this very seriously, I want to be the first Singaporean coach to lead a Philippines team into the final of the Singapore Cup, so there is history to be made,” Akbar said.
“We really have to make our chances count, if we are to stand a chance of progressing into the final.”