01 November 2014

YouTube : Philippines 3-0 Nepal: Friendly 31st Oct. 2014

Azkals updates Saturday - Friendly against Al-Ahli cancelled !

Azkals friendly against Qatari club Al-Ahli tomorrow in Qatar has been cancelled. Some Azkals players will be training tomorrow in Qatar.

Azkals dont have enough players to field a team after Loyola's players have gone back to Philippines to prepare for UFL Cup semifinals.

Away friendly against Thailand seem to be moved forward to Nov 9.

Azkals shrug off Nepal in Qatar friendly

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine national football team continued to dominate the Nepalese national booters after posting a 3-0 win in Doha, Qatar on Friday, October 31 (Saturday in PH).
The undermanned Azkals immediately went into attack mode with Mark Hartmann making his presence felt on the pitch with a left-footed attack in the 4th minute of the match.
On the other side, the Nepal mounted attacks of their own but their outbursts on several occasions were too weak for the formidable defense of the Philippines anchored by Simone Rota and Amani Aguinaldo.

The Philippine national booters dominated possession in the first half with 4 attempts on goal by Hartmann but none came through as the match went into the halftime break in a goal-less draw.
Fresh legs came into the match in the second half as Simon Greatwich replaced Martin Steuble and Filipino-Spanish players Alvaro Silva made his debut for the national football team after subbing in for Anton Del Rosario.

The mid-game substitution proved to be instrumental for the Azkals as Greatwich found a gap deep inside the box to tap the ball in and tally his debut international goal for the Azkals.

Emotions erupted in the 64th minute after a tackle by Daisuke Sato on one of the Nepalese attackers warranted a yellow card for the Filipino-Japanese wingback.

The match went on with Nepal down to ten men due to a red card given to Jagjit Shrestha.
The Nepalese attackers exhausted all their means to get through the tough defense of the Azkals but none found the back of the net as Patrick Deyto stood his ground in manning the goal.
Consequently, a tackle on Hartmann inside the box caused a penalty, which Phil Younghusband took and scored, extending the lead of the Philippines to 2-0 late in the match.

After knocking on Nepal’s door for several occasions, Hartmann finally broke his dry spell and notched the final goal for the Azkals in the dying minutes of the match.

The friendly is part of a two-game training camp in preparation for the upcoming Suzuki Cup. – 

31 October 2014

Friendly : Philippines 3-0 Nepal

Friendly in Doha , Qatar

Philippines vs Nepal

Grand Hamad Stadium (Al-Arabi Stadium)

Start : 7.40 pm Qatar , 00.40 am Philippines)

Tv : ABS CBN Sports and Action (Philippines)

Livestream : http://shoof.alkass.net/shoof/live/live_1.php

Livescore : www.futbol24.com

Starting 11 v Nepal Deyto, Del Rosario, Aguinaldo, Rota, Sato, J. YH, Lucena, Steuble, Bahadoran, P. YH, Hartmann

Second half Simon Greatwich and Alvaro Silva in . Steuble and Anton del Rosario out

49 mins 1-0 Simon Greatwich

63 min James Younghusband out , Paul Mulders in
64 mins Serestha, Nepal Red card
89 mins Dizon in , Bahadoran out
90 min Phil Younghusband PK
90 + 3 mins Mark Hartmann

30 October 2014

Azkals shorthanded vs Nepal

By Cedelf Tupas

Cranking up its preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup next month, a shorthanded Philippines faces Nepal on Friday at Al Ahli Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
It will mark the second time the two countries are playing against each other this year with the Azkals seeking a repeat of their 3-0 drubbing of the Nepalese side last April.
Kickoff is at 7:40 p.m. (12:40 a.m. Saturday in Manila) with the Azkals hoping to buck the absence of several key players who were not released by UFL club Ceres La Salle.
Midfielders Jerry Lucena, Paul Mulders and Martin Steuble are returning to the side but the Azkals will miss Ceres aces Patrick Reichelt, Jeffrey Christiaens, Manny Ott and Juani Guirado as well as Jason de Jong, who quit the national side last week.
Still, the Azkals have plenty of firepower up front with Mark Hartmann, who fired four goals in the 5-0 win over Papua New Guinea this month, partnering with Phil Younghusband.
Alvaro Silva, the touted Fil-Spanish defender, has also linked up with the team in Doha, but remains unlikely to suit up against the Nepalese as he has yet to secure his Filipino passport. Amani Aguinaldo and Rob Gier are expected to pair up at central defense, with Daisuke Sato and Simone Rota occupying the leftback and rightback positions, respectively.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/167023/azkals-shorthanded-vs-nepal#ixzz3HfAxVDd1

Oldham signs Neil Etheridge !

Oldham Athletic have boosted their defensive options with the signing of goalkeeper Neil Etheridge on a short-term contract, subject to Football League clearance.

The former Chelsea and Fulham goalkeeper has been training with Latics and appeared in the behind-closed-doors fixture with Bury on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old enjoyed spells on loan with Charlton Athletic, Bristol Rovers and Crewe Alexandra and is a full Phillipines international. 

Etheridge signs until December 30 and goes straight into the squad to face Bristol City on Saturday.

Manager Lee Johnson commented on the signing: "It is a good signing for us. He has a decent reputation in football and he's a good goalkeeper that is lacking a bit of experience.

"He comes in to push Rachubka for the number one spot."

Etheridge will wear the number 38 shirt with Oldham Athletic.

Read more at http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/news/article/20141030-oldham-athletic-sign-neil-etheridge-2051321.aspx#OXY87Z6HMAXwHvZ5.99

29 October 2014

Al Ahli set up Philippines-Nepal charity match in Doha

Ikoli Victor


QATAR Stars League (QSL) club Al Ahli on Tuesday announced plans to raise money for building a permanent site for the Philippine School Doha through an international friendly match between Philippine and Nepal at Al Arabi Stadium in Doha on Friday.

The match will feature the national teams of both countries with famous musical artistes to entertain the large Filipino and Nepali communities.

Speaking at the press conference, Philippine ambassador HE Crescente Relacion said:"First of all I would like to thank the QSL and QFA for making this a reality. Also I want to thank the Ahli club for their commitment in making this possible to support the Philippine Doha School.

"This is a grand match because the two nations. The last time we met we won. We are inviting the Filipino and Nepali communities and expatriates to come and watch this match," the ambassador said.

"To spice up the match, Al Ahli Sports Club has invited famous music artistes from both the countries to entertain fans before and after the game," he added.

Khalid Mubarak al Kuwari, Chief Operations Officer of QFA, said:"We are proud to see two national teams with large expat presence coming to play in Qatar with Ahli club as the facilitator."

He added that QFA President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al Thani welcomes the development and is happy with the initiative as it blends sports and education.

"The match proceeds is going towards the building project of the Philippine School Doha," al Kuwari said.

Hassan al Kuwari, QSL Head of Events, said,"This is a new initiative from Ahli club as part of their social responsibility which is different from the last one (to raise money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines). This is focuses on education and sport."

"Qatar Stars League will donate 5,000 tickets to be sold that will be donated to the Philippine School Doha," the QSL official added.

The principal of the school, Dr Alexander S Acosta expressed his gratitude to the football authorities and enjoined football enthusiasts to come enmasse to cheer their compatriots.

"This initiative has shown the interest of the authorities in Qatar to help us actualise our dream. The QFA and QSL have been very supportive in the past. And now they have shown it again.

According to the principal, the school was opened 22 years ago and will eternally be grateful for the support of Ahli club that facilitated the initiative. 

"We will not forget this contribution by QFA and QSL in helping us in our time of need," he concluded.

Ahli spokesperson Yacoub Nasser thanked the QFA and QSL for supporting the event.

He also expressed gratitude to the Filipino and Nepali communities for attending the matches of Al Ahi in the past three season.

Al Ahli have a long-standing relationship with the Filipino community, with fans regularly involved in community initiatives and attending matches. The last match between the two nations was in April at the same venue for Friday's match. The Philippines were 3-0 winners.

Qatar Tribune

USLS keeps men’s football title

A goal from Ressi Ramos in the 7th minute was all that the University of St. La Salle-Ceres football team needed as they beat NCAA champion San Beda College, 1-0, to retain the men’s football championship in the 19th Philippine University Games at the Central Philippine University Football Field yesterday.

Keeping the gold medal they won last year and registering his 8th Unigames title, veteran football coach Freddie “Nene” Lazarito said he was happy for his players who bucked all the challenges and displayed their maturity during the tournament.

He expressed his gratitude to the St. La Salle administrators and the management of Ceres Transport, who showed their confidence to the team.

Visayan Daily Star