24 August 2016


Written by: Ryan Low
A thrilling 3-2 extra time win in the second leg of the semi-finals at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday night helped Tampines Rovers to overcome Philippines invitee Ceres La Salle 5-3 on aggregate and reach the 2016 RHB Singapore Cup final.
Tampines had won the first leg 2-1 three days ago, but Stephan Schrock levelled the score on aggregate via a first-half penalty.
Hafiz Sujad struck early in the second half to wrestle the initiative back for the Stags, but Ceres restored parity once again through Patrick Reichelt.
The match headed for extra time where goals from Afiq Yunos and Saifullah Akbar sealed the deal for Tampines, as they qualified for their first Singapore Cup since 2012.
It was a closely-fought first half where both sides struggled to find their rhythm, but Ceres would end it on top just before the break.
The referee had no hesitation to signal for a penalty after Afiq handled Manuel Ott’s close-range shot, with Schrock duly making no mistakes from the spot.
Tampines would level it up on the night and go 3-2 up on aggregate 12 minutes into the second half, with Hafiz firing home a first-time volley from 10 yards out after being teed up by Billy Mehmet.
However, Ceres refused to go away and levelled matters again in the 78th minute.
Reichelt reacted the quickest in the box to direct Jeffrey Christiaen’s inswinging cross from the right past the stranded Tampines goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud to force extra-time.
Things, however, went pear-shaped for the Busmen as they would end regulation time one man down after Paul Mulders was sent off for a second bookable offence.
The reigning United Football League champions would further go down to nine men in extra time, as they had already used up the three substitutions when Reichelt was stretched off due to injury.
Tampines fully took advantage of the numerical disparity to go ahead 4-3 on aggregate in the 105th minute.
Afiq made amends for his part in the opening goal as he rose the highest in the area to nod home Irwan Shah’s teasing left-wing cross.
The Stags finished the job seven minutes later, with Canadian winger Jordan Webb taking out three defenders with a mazy run before unselfishly setting up substitute Saifullah Akbar to slot past Ceres custodian Louie Casas.
The goal sparked raucous celebrations from the Tampines bench and the three-time Singapore Cup champions would hold on to progress into the final, where they face either Balestier Khalsa or Albirex Niigata (S)
Ceres La Salle caretaker coach Ali Bernard: “We had a good tournament overall and we played a good game tonight. For me, I believe playing conservatively is not good.
“We showed everyone that we can play football and they did everything they could. But the incidents came and we got the cards. At 10 men, it’s difficult to play against a strong team like Tampines. At nine men, it was almost impossible.
“The winner was the crowd tonight; they were excellent and loud.”
Tampines Rovers head coach Akbar Nawas: “It’s an ecstatic feeling to reach the final. The way the players fought tonight, you cannot ask for more. Of course it (Ceres going down to nine men) helped us, but we still needed to be patient; to stretch them on the flanks to score the goals.
“Football is an emotional game and it is good that the team are having good emotions now. The final is still a few months away so I’m thinking about that yet.
“We have a S.League game against Home (United) on 10th September, before flying off to India two days later for our AFC Cup (quarter-final first leg) game (against Bengaluru). It’s going to be tough, so I’m taking one game at one time now.”
Ceres La Salle: Louie Casas (GK), Jason Sabio (Jalsor Soriano 91’), Kevin Ingreso, Kim Sang Min (C), Bienvenido Morejon, Manuel Ott (Arnie Jr. Pasinabo 75’), Stephan Schrock, Carlos Martinez (Jeffrey Christiaens 55’), Paul Mulders, Martin Steuble, Patrick Reichelt
Tampines Rovers: Izwan Mahbud (GK, C), Ismadi Mukhtar, Jufri Taha, Jermaine Pennant, Jordan Webb, Izzdin Shafiq, Afiq Yunos, Hafiz Sujad, Irwan Shah, Sufian Anuar (Saifullah Akbar 106’), Billy Mehmet (Shafie Mulianto 114’) 

YouTube : RHB Singapore Cup: Ceres La Salle FC vs Tampines Rovers FC (24 August 2016)

18th Aboitiz FB Cup set to open Sept 4

CEBU CITY: The 18th Aboitiz Football Cup, Cebu’s premier football tournament, is set to open on September 4 at Cebu City Sports Center.
The games will officially kick off on Sept. 10 with five different venues.
A total of 160 teams have so far signed up for the biggest football tournament in the country.
The category with the most number of teams as of the moment is the Under-11 division with 19, followed by the prestigious Men’s Open division with 18 teams.
The Boys Under-18 and the Under-9 age groups both have 16 teams each.
The Boys Under-21 division, which so far has four teams, will serve as the qualifier for the annual PFF Smart National Under-22 Amateur Championship.
The talent and quality of play have improved by leaps and bounds over the decade, with the unwavering support by the Aboitiz Foundation and the unending dedication by the Cebu Football Association.
“Not only is it growing in quantity but also growing in quality in the level of play,” said CFA president Ricky Dakay.
Dakay said there were plans to go national in the years to come.
He said the Aboitiz Foundation with the help of AboitizLand, headed by Eduardo Aboitiz, will sit down and study on how to effectively run a national tournament.
Aboitiz Foundation’s Sonny Carpio said the tournament, which started with a P50,000 donation, is now worth P1.8 million.

Singapore Cup Semifinal Second Leg - Tampines Rovers 3-2 Ceres Fc

Ceres La Salle starting XI: Casas; De Murga, Sabio, Kim, Ingreso; Ott, Mulders; Steuble, Schrock, Maranon; Reichelt
Tampines Rovers starting XI: Izwan; Ismadi, Jufri, Afiq, Irwan; Izzdin, Pennant, Hafiz; Sufian, Webb, Mehmet

Tampines Rovers won first leg 2-1.

Update :
45 mins 1-0 Schröck scores on PK
Ceres 1-1 Tampines HT
2-1 Reichelt FY

2-2 AET Tampines
2-3 AET Tampines

Philippines Team To Host Bahrain In International Friendly

Philippines vs Bahrain International Friendly Match

The Men’s National Team are scheduled for an International Friendly Match against Bahrain at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan on 07 October 2016. Kick-off time and ticket details will be announced soon.
The National Team has past encounters with 126th ranked Bahrain with a 2-1 win on the first meeting, and a 2-0 loss on the second leg of the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM – Asian Qualifiers / AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019TM –Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2. Philippines drew Bahrain 0-0 in 2012 and lost 2-1 in 2015, both on international friendlies in Bahrain’s home soil.
The match falls on the FIFA Friendly match calendar scheduled 03-11 October 2016. The National team plays Turkmenistan on 02 September 2016 in Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan and the Kyrygz Republic on 06 September in Bishkek, Kyrygzstan, both on friendly matches.

23 August 2016


Written by: Shawn Lim

RHB Singapore Cup 2016 (Semi-Final 2nd Leg)

Ceres La Salle vs Tampines Rovers
(Wednesday, 24 August, 7.45pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)

A depleted Tampines Rovers side will have to dig deep to hold on to their advantage over Ceres La Salle and secure safe passage into the RHB Singapore Cup final when the two sides meet again on Wednesday night in the semi-final second-leg at Jalan Besar Stadium.

The Stags eked out a 2-1 victory over the Busmen in the first-leg at Jurong West Stadium on Sunday night, but the win came at cost for Akbar Nawas' charges as Shakir Hamzah was sent off, while captain Mustafic Fahrudin picked up his second yellow card of the competition.

Shakir and Mustafic will join Yasir Hanapi, who is suspended for both legs, on the sidelines and if that is not enough, Fabian Kwok has been ruled out for a month because of a tear in his knee, while Fazrul Nawaz has joined Shahdan Sulaiman on the long-term injury list.

That leaves Tampines with only 10 outfield first-team players when they face Ceres again and they will be forced to call upon their Prime League players to make up the numbers on the bench or on the field.

Akbar has acknowledged that it will be an uphill task to secure victory again, especially since Ceres are still very much alive in the tie and only have a goal difference to make up for.

However, the 41-year-old coach believes that tough times like this builds character and if his charges stay tight as a unit, their teamwork will see them through.

"The second leg will be really tough because I will be missing Farra (Mustafic), Shakir and Yasir (Hanapi)," said the coach after the first-leg victory over Ceres.

"Right now I only have 10 outfield players plus two goalkeepers; the rest are Prime League players.

"It’s tough during times like this, but if the team keeps together and fight, we can nick it."

As for the Filipino club, they will be boosted by the return of first-team players Kevin Ingreso, Manuel Ott and Stephan Schrock after the trio missed the first-leg through injuries.

The United Football League defending champions more than held their own against the Stags despite missing their key players and believe that another such display will be enough to book their spot in the final.

However, Ceres head coach Risto Vidakovic will be missing from the touchline after being sent to the stands in the first-leg, with technical director Ali Bernard set to take over coaching duties.

Suspension: Shakir Hamzah, Mustafic Fahrudin and Yasir Hanapi (Tampines Rovers), Risto Vidakovic (Ceres La Salle)


PFF Advisory : Ticket prices for Philippines vs Turkmenistan friendly match

International Friendly (PHIvTUR)
We wish to advise all football enthusiasts that the International Friendly Match between the Philippines and Turkmenistan will be held on Friday, 02 September 2016, at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. Kick-off is at 8:00pm.

Tickets are sold via TicketWorld thru its online booking and major ticket outlets starting  12:00 noon today, Tuesday, 23 August 2016.

Tickets prices are:

Category 1 – Php 300.00
Category 2 – Php 200.00
Category 3 – Php  100.00

We invite all to support our National Team and watch the match live at the stadium!

22 August 2016

23 Man Line-up for the Friendly against Turkmenistan

International Friendly (PHIvTUR)

The Philippine Men’s team is set to face Turkmenistan in an International Friendly Match on 02 September 2016 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan (20:00 Kick-off time).

The following players have been called up for the match:

  1. Amani Manuel AGUINALDO

  1. Misagh BAHADORAN

  1. Kenshiro Michael DANIELS

  1. Patrick Phillip DEYTO

  1. Neil Leonard ETHERIDGE

  1. Daniel Bernan GADIA

  1. Kevin INGRESO

  1. Roland Richard MÜLLER

  1. Jim Junior MUÑOZ

  1. Manuel OTT

  1. Javier PATIÑO

  1. Iain RAMSAY

  1. Patrick REICHELT

  1. Simone ROTA

  1. Daisuke SATO

  1. Stephan Markus SCHRÖCK

  1. Martin Markus STEUBLE

  1. Miguel TANTON

  1. Dennis VILLANUEVA

  1. Luke WOODLAND

  1. James Joseph YOUNGHUSBAND

  1. Philip James YOUNGHUSBAND

  1. Stephen PALLA

The coaching staff is led by Thomas Dooley who is assisted by Jose Ariston Caslib and Jon Pascua.