The journey of the Men’s National Team (Azkals) to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 continues. The Asian Cup is the prestigious national teams tournament of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for countries in Asia.
The Philippine Men’s National Team is in the final qualifying round of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. The Philippines are currently on top of Group F with six points after wins over Nepal and Tajikistan early this year.
The Philippine Football Federation invites all football enthusiasts and stakeholders to the third match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers which will pit the Philippines against Yemen on 5 September 2017, 7:30 PM at the Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
The match is the second home game for the Philippines after its match against Nepal last 28 March 2017 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The Azkals won that match, 4-1.
This will be the first time in four years that the Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium will host the Philippine Men’s National Team. The previous hosting of the Azkals in the venue was during the 2013 Philippine Football Peace Cup.
“We are happy to announce that the Philippine Men’s National Team will play at Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium for their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers match against Yemen,” said PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes. “We invite all football fans to watch and support our Philippine Men’s Team, the Azkals.”
Tickets are available at all SM Ticket outlets nationwide and online at www.smtickets.com starting Friday 18 August 2017. Tickets will also be available at the gate during the game.
Ticket details are as follows:
Category 1 Blue Grandstand Seats – P500 Category 2 Yellow Grandstand Seats – P300 Category 3 Green, Red, and Orange Grandstand area – P100 Category 4 Bleachers – P50
MAKATI--Kaya Makati banked on the heroics of goalkeeper Ref Cuaresma to salvage a 2-2 draw against JPV Marikina in one of three scheduled PFL matches on Wednesday night at the University of Makati Stadium.
The veteran netminder delivered at the death with a huge save that kept Marikina from stealing the three points on the road.
Marikina entered the scoreboard first as Taku Uesato drilled a goal just two minutes into play.
Robert Mendy, however, canceled the first blood as he got to the ball first following a footrace and found himself with only Nelson Gasic to beat before striking the ball into the net in the 16th minute.
Uesato, however, sealed his brace with a 39th minute goal that put Marikina back up, 2-1, by halftime.
Early into the second half, however, Makati got a golden opportunity as a Marikina player was slapped with a handball infraction inside the penalty area, giving Makati a penalty kick.
Adam Reed, the designated kicker, did not disappoint as he blasted the ball to the upper right corner of the goal for the 2-all count.
Then Cuaresma took over, saving five huge Marikina shots including three from short distance to save the draw.
But none was more important than his huge save in the last play of the match as Marikina was inches away from the goalmouth anew.
The draw was enough to catapult Makati past Cebu for second place on goal difference. Both clubs will meet on Saturday at the Cebu City Sports Complex.
Marikina, on the other hand, remained in fifth place.
Simon Greatwich and Meralco Manila busted another run, this time the 11-match unbeaten home streak of Ceres Negros in all competitions (Bob Guerrero/FC Meralco Manila)
MANILA--There is no such thing as forever, even in sports.
That's what league-leading, streak-busting Meralco Manila told a shorthanded Ceres Negros about their unbeaten home record when the Sparks became the first team all season long to get not just one, but all three points in Bacolod in one of the PFL's midweek tripleheader on Wednesday night.
Taking advantage of the absence of Manny Ott (suspension due to cards) and Stephan Schrock (family matters), the capital club of gaffer Aris Caslib scored an improbable 2-1 win that made them the first club in all competitions since South China last year to escape Panaad with a win, ending the Busmen's record-setting 11 match unbeaten run at home in both the PFL and the AFC Cup this season.
With the shocker, Manila not just extended their lead in the table with 36 points, eight more than Kaya Makati and Global Cebu and 11 above their victims, but more importantly, get their huge revenge on Negros who pummeled them for seven unanswered in Rizal last month.
Curt Dizon shocked the City of Smiles when he put Manila in front, almost a Route One style in the 53rd minute, with Florencio Badelic's goal kick was headed by Connor Tacagni towards to the direction of the centre-forward, who sprints past three defenders and finishes with a left-footed rebound past Roland Muller after Super Herrera initially charged down his cross to Jake Morallo.
Twenty minutes later, San Carlos native Jinggoy Valmayor came on for Tacagni and made an instant impact as he had a huge part in doubling the Sparks' lead when he picked out Simon Greatwich from outside of the box and the captain fired a stunning curler that left the former Azkals netminder no chance.
But the Spanish centre-half made the match interesting, pulling one back off a header in the 76th minute to halve the deficit, but they could not find an equalizer to avoid their first home defeat since May 24, 2016.
The Philippine Women’s National team began their SEA Games campaign on the ascendancy after a 2-1 win over hosts Malaysia last Tuesday night at the UiTM Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Captain Patrice Impelido broke the deadlock with a timely header on the stroke of half-time. However Malaysia equalized in the 52nd minute from a Dadree Rofinus goal.
Not to be undone, Camille Rodriguez put the Philippines ahead once again in the 74th minute with a well-taken effort from outside the box. Malaysia tried to find a late equalizer but Marnelli Dimzon’s squad held on for their first victory of the campaign.
“It was good to pick up the three points against a very difficult host,” said Dimzon. “The team did well tonight.”
The Philippine Women’s team will next face Vietnam on Thursday 17 August 2017 at the UM Arena. Kick off is at 4:00 PM.
Excitement looms for the Philippines Under-22 team when they begin their 29th Southeast Asian Games campaign against Cambodia, Tuesday 15 August 2017, 8:45 PM at the MP Selayang Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Philippines U22 squad flew to Malaysia last Friday ahead of the start of the SEA Games Men’s Under-22 football tournament. The Philippines are drawn in Group B with Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.
Head coach Marlon Maro is aware of the tough teams in the group, but he expects the team to perform well against the opposition.
“I think we’re ready and we will take one game at a time,” said Maro. “We’re in the group of death, it will be a tough tournament against the best teams in the region but we are confident.”
Maro added that the team’s performance in the AFC Under-23 Championships 2018 Qualifiers will give the Philippine U22 team the chance to surprise their opponents in the group. The Philippines lost to Cambodia, 1-0, in the qualifiers last month in Phnom Penh.
“We have prepared this team well,” added Maro. “There is no reason why we cannot pull off some surprises.”
The Philippine Football Federation has submitted its final roster of the Philippine Men’s Under-22 team that will compete in the 29th Southeast Asian Games from 15-24 August 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Philippines are in Group B with Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.
BALABAT, Nimrod – San Beda College
BAUTISTA, Junell Mark – Davao Aguilas FC
BELGIRA, Kou Ichi – JPV Marikina FC
BORLONGAN, Jeremiah – University of the Philippines / Kaya FC Makati
CLARINO, Julian Mariano – University of the Philippines / FC Meralco Manila
CHENG, Jaime Vicenzo – Davao Aguilas FC
CORSAME, Roberto Jr. – Arellano University
CUBON, Reymart – Far Eastern University / Davao Aguilas FC
DE BRUYCKER, Dylan Alain Lucienne – Davao Aguilas FC
GADIA, Daniel Bernan – FC Meralco Manila
GAYOSO, Javier Augustine – Ateneo de Manila University
GROMMEN, Joshua Jake – Ceres Negros FC
JARVIS, Jordan Blair – Davao Aguilas FC
JOYEL, Ray Joseph – Far Eastern University / Kaya FC Makati
KOIZUMI, Yoshiharu – De La Salle University
LAPAS, Christian – University of the Philippines / Kaya FC Makati
LIMBO, Dimitri Lionel – Kaya FC Makati
ROCHA, Jeremiah Raphael – Ateneo de Manila University / Kaya FC Makati
TALAROC, Richard Jr. – Davao Aguilas FC
VILLANUEVA, Nathanael Ace – FC Meralco Manila
The Philippines U22 coaching staff is headed by Coach Marlon Maro and assisted by Marlon Pinero, Randolfo Clarino, and Anthony Albao.
The Philippine Football Federation has submitted the final lineup of the Philippine Women’s team that will compete in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
The Philippines are in a single group with Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Women’s tournament will run fomr 15-24 August 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
ALMEDA, Joanna Michelle – De La Salle Zobel / Green Archers United FC
ARCE, Hazel Romina – Far Eastern University
BERNAL, Mea – Outkast FC
CASTAÑEDA, Anicka Chabeli – De La Salle Zobel / Green Archers United FC
CASTAÑEDA, Sara Isobel – De La Salle University
DEL CAMPO, Alisha Claire – De La Salle Zobel / Green Archers United FC
DIMAANDAL, Kyrhen Angela – De La Salle University
DOLINO, Alesa – Outkast FC
DURAN, Mary Christine – De La Salle University
IMPELIDO, Patrice Mae – Hiraya FC
INQUIG, Kyla Jan – De La Salle University
LEMORAN, Charisa Marie – University of Santo Tomas
LONG, Hali Moriah – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
MADARANG, Eva – Moonpark College
NAVAJA, Irish– De La Salle University
PALACIOS, Inna Kristianne – De La Salle University
RODRIGUEZ, Kathleen Camille – Ateneo de Manila University
RUETAS, Faith Sean – St. Theresa of Lisieux High School
SUDARIA, Jovelle – Far Eastern University
TOMANON, Patricia – Florida International University
The Philippine Women’s Team coaching staff is headed by Marnelli “Let” Dimzon and assisted by John Paul Merida and Gerald Orcullo.
Prior to the SEA Games, the team held a camp in Japan where they faced Nojoima Stella Kanagawa, Yamanashi Gakuin University, and Kanagawa Prefecture Selection Team for National Games.
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Philippines is aiming to go against their own lackluster history in football during the South East Asian (SEA) Games and leave their mark on the region.
Despite the senior men's team being one of the better sides from the region on the international stage, the U-23 team has floundered in all the editions of the SEA Games.
Filipinos have yet to cop even a bronze medal in the biennial meet since the country started participating in the games in 1977.
In the latest edition of the SEA Games the Philippines was a step behind their opponents again, conceding 11 goals in just four games and losing all of their matches.
For the 2017 edition of the games the Philippines is fielding a more battle-hardened side, after subjecting their players through tough preparations.
The young Filipinos participated in the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Championship qualifiers in Cambodia, where they went toe-to-toe against Asian powerhouses Japan and China.
The Philippines didn't get a win from the tournament, but it was the experience playing at such a high level of competition that could prove valuable in the SEA Games.
"I believe that this experience has given us a lot to learn from," Philippine striker Jarvey Gayoso told CNN Philippines. "The lessons from these games have improved our mentality and our relationships on the field."
The players themselves know that they have a lot to prove in a tough group in Malaysia, but they are eager to face the challenge head on.
"I think it is always better to have the underdog story," Gayoso admitted. "I like the challenge of destroying that expectation that people have of us."
The Philippines opens its campaign against Cambodia on August 15.
Women striving for the podium
Philippine chef de mission Cynthia Carrion-Norton provided CNN Philippines with a list of promised gold medals from the various National Sporting Associations (NSA) ahead of the games.
Scanning through the various sports, football has committed to provide at least one gold medal to the Philippine cause.
When asked to confirm which team committed the gold medal, Carrion-Norton said it was the women's team.
The Philippine women's team has played and won together at the various youth levels and in the senior level.
The most recent success for the women's side is securing their qualification for the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup last April.
The women's team strung together a run of impressive results at the qualification tournament, humbling the United Arab Emirates 4-0, Iraq 4-0, and hosts Tajikistan 8-0.
The Filipinas also spent time in Japan to further sharpen themselves for the SEA Games.
"Our Japan camp gives us good experience, especially on the high pace and level of game against strong first division women's teams in Japan," Women's team head coach Let Dimzon told CNN Philippines.
But despite the promise of a gold from their NSA, Dimzon gave a more conservative outlook.
"It will be very ambitious to say na makakakuha natin ang gold," Dimzon said. "We will try to get into a place."
The Philippine women's football team begin their medal hunt against Malaysia on August 15.
BIÑAN--For the second straight match, Meralco Manila played streak-buster again.
Manila ended Laguna's five-game unbeaten run with a 3-2 victory at the Biñan Football Stadium on Saturday night.
Connor Tacagni led the visiting side's attack in the first half with a brace that set up the pace of the match.
Tacagni put Manila on the board with a 29th minute that went past Bitoy Rosalia before adding another in the 33th minute with a shot that bounced inside the goal line.
Tyler Matas added another goal in the 55th minute, scoring from the left side of the goal box.
Laguna, however, got bright moments late, starting in the 76th minute as Ko Kyung-Joon introduced himself to the league with a rocket goal and capping with a huge strike from Fitch Arboleda with one minute left in the match.
Manila strengthened its hold of first place as its lead over Cebu is now extended to five points.
Despite the loss, Laguna stays in sixth place with 14 points.
A week after suffering a difficult defeat, Kaya Makati have the opportunity to bounce back in style on Saturday, when they take on the recent winners of the AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Finals, Ceres Negros. With their victory in midweek over Singaporean side, Home United, Ceres made clear that they’re among the finest clubs in the region. Understandably, their return to Philippines Football League action is highly anticipated. The match will kickoff at 4pm at the University of Makati Stadium.
“We’re excited to play against the ASEAN Zonal Champions. We’re really looking forward to that,” said Kaya head coach Noel Marcaida.
“We have a healthy rivalry with Ceres. So for us, we’re always looking forward to playing against them, whether at home, or away. But after their last victory [in the AFC Cup], it gives us even more motivation to show what we can do,” added Makati midfielder Miguel Tanton.
Saturday’s encounter will be the third between Makati and Negros, with Ceres ahead in the series. The first meeting, the first ever PFL match, ended in a 1-1 draw at UMak. Negros then triumphed 3-1 on their home turf back in June, in what was a breathtaking display of exciting football.
“I think its going to be a tough game. Kaya has always proven to be a tough opponent,” said Negros captain Martin Steuble. “They are very organized. For me, they’re one of the toughest opponents in the league. We’ve had big games against them in the past. And I don’t think it will be any different this time around.”
The timing of the match, however, is certainly a challenge for the Bacolod side.
“It’s not easy to prepare a team, especially in the short time we have. The team is still celebrating the big win over Home United,” admitted Ceres head coach Risto Vidakovic.
Makati enter the contest fresh from having a seven-game unbeaten streak snapped by arch rivals Meralco Manila. But they’ll be buoyed by the fact that they return to the comforts of the University of Makati Stadium, where they’ve won five, drawn two, and lost only once.
“After the game against Meralco, we were a bit disappointed with the result. We think, on our end, we didn’t deserve that loss. But we have to move on and think positive,” said Marcaida. “It’s always been our mindset that when we play at home we have to protect our home turf. For tomorrow’s game, we make sure that we give a quality game to Ultras Kaya, and to all the Kaya fans that come to watch.”
“We always rise to the occassion when we go up against the tougher opponents. The fact that it’s at home, it’s just more incentive for us to show up big tomorrow,” added Tanton. “Showing up like we normally do against them — quick and tuned in — it’s the most important thing. I think last game, outside of the penalty, three of the four goals came in open play. So while I think set pieces are important, endurance and not switching off during the match is going to be key for us.”
Anyone who purchases a Grandstand ticket (P350) tomorrow will be given free access to Wednesday’s home match against JPV Marikina (4pm, Aug 16).
RHB Singapore Cup 2017 (Quarter-Final, Second Leg)
Global FC (PHI) vs Boeung Ket FC (CAM)
(11 August, Friday, 7.30pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)
Written by: Rashid Sulaiman
Despite holding a two-goal advantage over Boeung Ket FC, Global Cebu FC head coach Akbar Nawas acknowledges that the tie is far from over as the two teams meet again in the second leg of the RHB Singapore Cup 2017 Quarter-Final at Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday night.
Global dominated the first leg as they romped to a 3-1 win over the Cambodians just three days ago. Paulo Salenga’s brace was sandwiched by Misagh Bahadoran’s goal while Khoun Labarovy scored from the spot for Boeung Ket in the second half.
Although the People’s Club were without the suspended veteran holding midfielder Paul Mulders, they had no difficulties controlling the middle of the park with captain Bahadoran leading the way alongside Hikaru Minegishi, Dennis Villanueva and Paolo Bugas.
Travelling with a depleted squad to Singapore, Akbar was forced to move Salenga to a more attacking role, partnering former Trinidad and Tobago striker Darryl Roberts.
The gamble paid off though, as the ex-National University player dazzled the crowd with his nifty footwork and adventurous runs in the final third to put his name in the scoresheet.
“Of course, I’m happy to take this scoreline into the second leg but I’d be even happier if we got an additional goal. Everyone in the team - from the players to the coaching staff - deserves a pat on their backs,” said Akbar after their first leg victory over Boeung Ket.
With a tight fixture list and no luxury of switching players for the return leg, Akbar has called on his players to remain focused and seal the win come Friday.
“We are playing like five or more games in less than two weeks. Travelling around Philippines for our matches is not like Singapore. It is not easy for the players,” added the former Tampines Rovers coach.
“I wish that I could change some players for the second leg, but I can’t. So we now have to focus not only on their physical recovery but also the mind.
“It’s a new game on Friday and the first leg score must not be on our mind. We will go out and play to our best and get another result,” explained Akbar who could only name three substitutes on the bench in the first leg.
For Boeung Ket, they have a lot of work to do on their side if they are to make it to the last four. While their players showed great determination to match their opponents, they need to be more clinical in front of goal.
The Cambodians relied heavily on their two Nigerian imports, Esoh Omogba and Samuel Ajayi with captain Khoun Laboravy slotting just behind the pair. Former Bangkok Glass forward Ajayi had several goal-scoring opportunities in the first leg, but failed to put them away.
“We played well today (first leg) but failed to convert the chances that we created. At the back, we made a number of mistakes and were punished - something we are looking to improve on ahead of the second leg,” said Boeung Ket head coach Hao Socheat.
“But I felt we matched our opponents as we limited them to only a few clear chances which I’m happy about. We now have to go out and attack in the second leg and try to get a result.”
CERES Negros took care of business right from the get-go to be named the AFC Cup ASEAN Zone champions following a 2-0 victory over Singaporean side Home United FC in front of a rocking Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.
Aggregate score is at 3-2 as the Busmen bounced back from a 1-2 defeat in Bishan after claiming their first clean sheet in the tournament since their goalless draw against Felda United back in March 15.
OJ Porteria and Manny Ott provided the goals while goalkeeper Roland Muller made some key stops in the second half as they became the first Philippine team to be named the ASEAN Zone champions.
Porteria, who started up front alongside Fernando Rodriguez, proved worthy of that selection as he smashed in the opener off a cross in just the second minute of the match.
Rodriguez had two great chances to even pad the lead for Negros, but he sent his penalty up high in the 14th minute before being stopped by Hassan Sunny two minutes later one-on-one.
But the second goal came for Ceres in the form of a masterful free kick from Manny Ott who curled in his ball pass the wall and into the top right corner of the goal in the 41st minute.
Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic then decided to go defensive in the second half, putting together a five-man backline when he inserted center-back Kota Kawase for Rodriguez.
That decision proved to play well for the Serbian tactician as Muller was rarely called into action - and when he was - he was superb.
Muller made some great saves but none bigger than his stop on the 83rd minute against Stipe Plazibat.
A goal for the Defenders would have forced extra time and that nearly came in the 83rd when Plazibat had a good shot on goal off a scramble.
Thankfully for the home team, Muller was quick in tipping the ball high above the cross bar to deny the hero of Home in their semis win over Global Cebu a chance to break Filipino hearts anew.
Bienve Maranon could have made it three-nil in the 90th minute but there was too much force on his attempted chip on Sunny.
With the win, Ceres now becomes the ASEAN representative in the inter-zonal playoffs where the play Tajikistan side Istiklol who ruled the Central Asia zone.
They play the first leg in Dushnabe on August 22 before heading back to Bacolod on Sept 12.
Read more at http://www.spin.ph/football/news/ceres-negros-afc-cup-asean-zone-champions-home-united-fc#Pj44qkOwIvpcYvUd.99