14 January 2020

Ceres Negros edges Shan United, advances in AFC Champions League preliminaries

The bus is rolling on in the AFC Champions League. Ceres Negros FC got their season off to a winning start after holding off Shan United, 3-2, in the first round of the AFC Champions League preliminaries on Tuesday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Ceres Negros got off to a dream start in Manila after Robert Lopez Mendy smashed in the opener in the 5th minute to put the Busmen ahead.
The early goal proved to be a sign of what was to come, with the hosts controlling most of the game in the first half. Ceres striker Bienvinido Maranon almost doubled up the lead in the 21st minute, but his low strike via a Mike Ott feed inside the box went wide of the mark.
The hosts finally broke through for a second time in the 40th minute, after Marañon's shot from an OJ Porteria cross was deflected into the back of the net.
The second half continued the run of play of the first 45 minutes, with Ceres eager to put the game to bed early.
Lopez Mendy almost doubled up his tally in the first five minutes of the second half, but failed to take advantage of a one-on-one opportunity with the keeper and could not convert a guilt-edged rebound. Porteria also had a chance to score in that period, but skied his opportunity.
Shan looked more threatening midway through the second period, finally getting the better of keeper Roland Muller through a Zin Min Tun strike in the 73rd minute.
It didn't take long for Ceres to restore their two-goal cushion though, after Porteria turned in Ott's cross from short range just six minutes later. But with three minutes left in normal time, Djedje Maximin Djawa pulled the visitors within one goal again.
The final chance of consequence came in added time with Shan United through a free kick in the Ceres penalty area. Fortunately for the hosts, Nanda Kyaw's free kick sailed high and wide of the mark.
Ceres Negros will move on to play Thailand's Port FC in the second round of the preliminaries on January 21.

11 January 2020

Cathy Nazareno Memorial Cup - March 21 and 22

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Butuan City - Football Tournament - Feb 9

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We would like to invite our friends from Butuan and other nearby Cities and Municipalities to our 1st ever 9 aside football tournament (35 up category) here in Butuan City. Please help us share to other football enthusiasts.

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Global to suit new PFL in new PFL season

By Drew Malihan

MANILA -- Global Makati assured the followers of the local football scene in the country of a return to the 2020 season of the Philippines Football League.

The club's official Facebook page announced their return for the fourth season of the PFL, with the intent of putting the "possibly the strongest team yet."

They also announced a new investor to the club in the name of a Hong Kong-based consortium led by Mazinyi Management Limited.

The page also announced that "the new consortium will take Global back to its previous heights."

Global's announcement makes the total participating clubs of the PFL to six for the 2020 season.

In October, Global also broadcast the arrival of Andrew Piesse to strengthen the front office of the team, who faced various struggles in the past two PFL seasons.

The club also stated that their will be more to follow with regards to their participation in the 2020 season.

Global was the runner-up of the PFL's inaugural season, second only to eventual champions Ceres-Negros FC.

09 January 2020

Kaya Fc Iloilo coach resigns

Noel Mercaida, Kaya Fc Iloilo coach :
"I would like to thank Kaya FC Iloilo for the opportunities accorded to me these last 3 years, during which I have learned a great deal and grown as a person and coach. I would also like to thank my staff for their support, professionalism and friendship; and the players for their stirring, courageous efforts. I look back proudly on our Copa Paulino Alcantara triumph in 2018 that lead to our AFC Cup Campaign 2019 and our second place finish in the following year, the PFL runner-up positions we secured in both 2018 and 2019..
My heartfelt gratitude also goes to the 12th man - the fans and supporters of Kaya. Your ardent and steadfast support made my job a very meaningful one and our matches thrilling and memorable affairs.
It is unfortunate that we now have to part ways, but Kaya FC Iloilo will always occupy a special place in my heart. I will now pursue new paths, but would welcome an opportunity to work with the club again at some point in the future. As they say - never say never."

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04 January 2020

HARTMANN, MINEGISHI READY TO BOLSTER CERES NEGROS ATTACK

Armed with more experience playing overseas in the last few seasons, Mark Hartmann and Pika Minegishi make their return to the Philippines, this time linking up with three-time Philipines Football League champion Ceres-Negros.
The Busmen have a busy year ahead starting with the AFC Champions League preliminary stage qualifying and they would need every bit of their depth and quality to go far in Asia’s most prestigious club competition.
That is where Thai League veterans Hartmann and Minegishi are expected to come in as they look to reinforce an already potent attacking force that includes Bienve Marañon, Robert Lopez Mendy and Stephan Schrock.
After impressive stints at Loyola Meralco and Global FC, Hartmann ventured overseas, playing for clubs in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, where he spent the last two seasons.
The 27-year-old earned a recall to the national team last year following strong performances in T1.
A fleet-footed attacker with an eye for goal, Minegishi was once hailed as the best player in the league in the Philippines after leading Global to the UFL crown in 2016.
He has been playing in Thailand since 2018, making his T1 debut at Pattaya United before transferring to Chiangmai United in the second division the following season.
“They (Hartmann and Minegishi) will certainly help the club achieve our goals this season,” said club administrator Nicolas Golez. “It is always tough to maintain or surpass the level every season, but as a club, we are committed to represent club football in the Philippines the best way we can.”
The AFC Champions League group stage has been a target for the Busmen in the past two years. They came close in 2018 when they beat Shan United on penalties in the first phase, before pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the competition by stunning Brisbane Roar, 3-2, in Australia.
But a 0-2 defeat at Tianjin Quanjian in China ended their hopes of qualification. Last year, the Busmen bowed out in the first phase after losing to Yangon United, 2-1, at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
The Busmen will be playing their Champions League preliminary game this time at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila on Jan. 14 when they face Shan United anew. A win will send them to the next round against Thailand’s Port FC.
“We are optimistic of a strong showing for the season ahead,” said Golez. “A new season always brings excitement to the players and the fans.”
Hartmann Minegishi 2015 UFL

31 December 2019

Happy New Year !

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Happy New Year , best wishes for Philippines football in 2020 !