25 November 2015

Panaad eyed to host 2016 Suzuki Cup

By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.

Following the successful staging of the recently-concluded Philippine Football Federation (PFF)-Smart U22 Amateur Championship 2015, the Panaad Park and Stadium is reportedly eyed to co-host the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2016.
This was confirmed by Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) President Ricky Yanson Jr., adding they in PFF are talking about it but no definite decision out yet.
“That’s why I’m appealing to the people of Bacolod City and Negros Occidental to help promote football. PFF is also looking at our province and not only Metro Manila. Maybe this PFF-Smart tournament is a test on how capable we are in running such huge event. And I’m confident that we’re more than capable enough to handle the Suzuki Cup,” he added.
Yanson also pointed out that Iloilo will most likely serve as the tournament’s second turf as per requirement of the Suzuki Cup organizers. It was recalled that the historical Paglaum Stadium is no longer playable after business infrastructures were erected around it.
“We are looking at Iloilo to serve as co-host in this tournament. Anyway, it’s just an hour travel from here to the other island,” the NOFA prexy stressed.
When asked on the Philippine Stadium’s status, Yanson said he doesn’t have any idea what happened, though he is aware that the Bulacan-based field was the first to be inspected by the AFF to host the Suzuki Cup.
Regarding security measures, Yanson said they will have close coordination with the provincial government, police authorities, and other agencies involved to ensure the safety of everyone in the stadium during the event.
“This is one of the major concerns the football association should address after the recent Paris incident,” Yanson added.
Teams seeing action in next year’s Suzuki Cup will come from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines./WDJ


24 November 2015

UFL : Manila Jeepney withdrew from league

Beep beep, Announcement! Due to financial constraint of running MJFC, we are unable to continue to play in the United Football League Philippines. We thank our fans, sponsors, and supporters for all your encouragements and dedication you have shown us and the trust given. It was a great pleasure being part of this league. Maraming Salamat po!


Singapore Cup Semifinal : Global Fc 1-2 Albirex Niigata

Singapore Cup Semifinal , second leg at Jurong East Stadium

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23 November 2015

Scoreless draw against Cebu enough for NOFA to advance

Host Negros Occidental Football Association did not score a single goal against Cebu FA in their final match, but their lopsided victories against Negros Oriental FA (6-1) and Leyte FA (9-0), earlier, allowed them to take the No. 1 ranking in the regional qualifier and advance into the national finals of the PFF-Smart National U22 Amateur Championship next year.
The wins against NORFA and Leyte and the draw against Cebu gave NOFA a total of 7 points to finish the regional qualifier on top against the three other teams from the Visayas area.
Advancing into the national finals, slated January 16-21 next year at the Panaad, NOFA head coach John Carmona said their task is to ensure that the team is ready.
“I am happy with the outcome of the tournament but we need to address certain issues and make the necessary adjustments,” Carmona told reporters after the match against Cebu.
He said the unforced errors against Cebu FA can be attributed to the players' eagerness to score early in the match.
“We were too excited to score early in the game as Cebu played defensively and did some counters. Our players l need to learn to be patient and accurate,” Carmona said.
NOFA ‘s triumph in the regional qualifier was witnessed by the association president Ricky Yanson, who earlier encouraged the Negrenses to continue supporting the host team.
Yanson is the forefront of initiating programs that will develop more football talents in the province.
The members of the winning team are: Nessi Ramos, Joshua Dutosme, Aoki Harunori, Usman Ilimona, Charles Barberan, John Mark Jamelo, Regie Cisneros, Kent Guevarra and Jo Warren Bedia from University of St. La Salle;
Paolo Sanchez, Marivic Gancita and Randey Temana from UNO-Recoletors; and Gerald Paparone, Jasper Layagon, Jordan Junco, Diomar Carusaay, Joevanie Santos, Francis Jada Polvodrido, Angelo Frayle Ledesma, Kyle Bayabos, Von Loyd Baguioro and Ashley Pamiliar from Central Philippine State University-San Carlos.
Assisting Carmona in the coaching department are Dennis Penalosa, Jorwell Gines, Gus Rivas, and Carlo Andrew Demegillo.*NAB


21 November 2015

Ceres FC resumes training for AFC, UFL tourneys

By Jerome Galunan Jr.

The Bacolod-based and reigning United Football League (UFL) Champion Ceres-La Salle FC has resumed their training at the North Football pitch in Talisay City ahead of the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup and UFL’s 2015-2016 Season.
This was disclosed Thursday by club director and head coach Ali Bernard Go, who attended the opening of the PFF-Smart National U22 Amateur Championship at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
Go said the club will undergo rigid preparation for these two major tournaments next year where Ceres FC will play 3 home matches in the AFC Cup elimination.
The multi-titled mentor added that it’s an opportunity for the Bacolod side to bounce back from their heartbreaking loss to Maziya in the AFC Cup playoff match early this year.
Moreover, the Ceres FC management is still in the process of signing up new players to strengthen the club’s competitiveness for the upcoming tournaments. “Right now, we are finalizing the details in taking-in these players. We will reveal it as soon as everything is complete,” he added.
However, Go has not yet disclosed the identities of these players including their nationalities and playing positions on the team. “Right now, we are still negotiating with the concerned parties,” Go said.
Meanwhile, Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) President Ricky Yanson disclosed that they will meet with the concerned agencies as well as the Ceres-La Salle FC to prepare the hosting of next year’s AFC Group Stage.
He added that they have to make sure that the football facility meets the requirement of the AFC. “We all know that AFC has set the requirements for us to meet,” the NOFA prexy stressed.
The Ceres-La Salle FC, for its part, is in full support of the NOFA team in the ongoing PFF-Smart National U22 Amateur Championship./WDJ


Singapore Cup : Semifinal Global Fc vs Albirex Niigata

PFF - Smart U22 Championship qualifiers in Bacolod

PFF-Smart U22:Paparon hat-trick for NOFA’s back-to-back win

By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.

Gerald Paparon fired 3 goals yesterday and led Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) to a lopsided 9-nil triumph over Leyte FA in Day 2 of the ongoing Philippine Football Federation (PFF)-Smart U22 Amateur Championship Regional Qualifying 2015 at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
The San Carlos-hailed Paparon opened NOFA’s scoring spree in the 3rd minute as Aoki Harunori nailed the host’s second goal in the 6th minute followed by opening day top scorer Ilimona Usman in the 8th minute.
Having stunned by an early 3-goal advantage from the host-squad, the Leyte side tried to make some adjustments on their defenses to limit the Negrenses’ attacks.
However, NOFA seemed to be too much for the visiting team when Paolo Sanchez found his mark in the 12th minute to extend their lead while Paparon delivered his second in the 14th minute for an early 5-0 blast.
Leyte FA further tightened their defense to keep NOFA scorers from scoring a goal. But Paparon wasn’t done yet as he found the back of the net in the 45th minute to end the first half, 6-0.
In the second half, Usman had his second goal in the game after scoring in the 48th minute followed by Jordan Junco in the 52nd minute.
But before the referee blew his final whistle, Harunori managed to have his second goal and seal the game in the 90+4 minutes.
For NOFA head coach John Carmona, the first half was very convincing, while the second half could have been better. “I have reminded my players not to relax on defense as it may open some chances for the opponent to score,” he said.
Playing against Cebu later today, Carmona stressed that NOFA has the advantage, but advised his players to follow the game plan and minimize errors.