The Philippine Men’s National Team is scheduled to face the national team of China PR on 7 June 2017.
PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes announced last 22 May the details of the friendly which will be played in Guangzhou, China. The friendly will be the first meeting between the Philippines and China PR since the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers in the year 2000. China PR won that match 8-0.
“We will have an international friendly between China PR and Philippines on 7 June,” said Gastanes. “We will now talk to the PFL clubs to explore the possibility of release of players for national team duties earlier than 5 June 2017.”
The match will serve as build up for the Philippines’ AFC Asian Cup Jordan 2019 Qualifiers match against Tajikistan which will be held on 13 June 2017 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
The Philippines’ current rank is at 127th while China PR is at 81st.
The list of players called up for the forthcoming matches will be announced shortly.
by Adam B. Morrell FOOTBALL Invitational Tournament organized by Mindanao Peace Games (MPG) kicked off Monday, May 22, at the Ateneo de Davao University football field in Matina, Davao City. Celebrity football player James Younghusband, team captain of the football club Meralco Manila (formerly Meralco Sparks), and coach Aries Caslib will grace the opening ceremony. The MPG, program originally designed for girl athletes, now includes male participants born in 2002. The 7-A-Side format event is backed by One Meralco Foundation and Mizuno. Six teams representing each of the six regions of Mindanao will be competing in a series of nine aside games from May 22 to 26 at the Matina Campus of the Ateneo. These teams are Ateneo de Zamboanga (Zamboanga Peninsula), Iligan Medical Center College (Northern Mindano), Ateneo de Davao (Davao region), Surallah FC (Soccsksargen), Fr. Saturnino Urios University (Caraga) and Maguindanao United FC (Armm). Storytelling sessions such as leadership skill development, advocating through sports, values formation, among others will also take place in the five-day tournament. “The goal of the Mindanao Peace Games is to encourage holistic development in our young athletes so they mature not only as good football players but also as responsible, disciplined and peace-loving Filipinos,” said Noli Ayo, Ateneo’s university athletics director and convener of the Games. On the first day of the event, Younghusband will share his inspiration for pursuing a career in football. He will also entertain questions from the participating young athletes in a question and answer session. Caslib, meanwhile, will also briefly talk about his experience being at the helm of a national football league team and share some best practices with the coaches of the competing teams. The best striker, best midfielder, best defender and best goalkeeper of the tournament will be awarded by spikes courtesy of Mizuno. (With PR)
By Kevin Estrada MAKATI -- Kaya FC Makati nabbed their first win of the PFL season after grounding the Davao Aguilas in a heated and physical encounter earlier this evening at UMak. It took a first-half assault for Noel Marcaida's men to take all three points to send the league's newcomers near the bottom of the pile as Jordan Mintah and Adam Reed conspired for a 2-0 win that shoved them up to second in the table for the moment, two points behind Meralco Manila who earlier beat JPV Marikina in Laguna. Mintah drew first blood by scoring in the 16th minute and was responsible for the foul that led to the league's first ever dismissal on Davao skipper Jason Cordova in the 41st minute, in which Reed subsequently tucked in the spot kick a minute after that. Reed himself was tossed for the harsh challenge in the 52nd minute, but it will not matter to them as the two-goal cushion was preserved despite their missed chances at full time. http://www.dugout.ph/2017/05/kaya-ground-davao-for-first-pfl-win.html
VIENTIANE (20 May 2017) – They tried as hard as they could but in the end, the Philippines were just overpowered by a slick Thailand side as the latter romped to a fabulous 6-2 win in the final to lift the first ever AFF Under-15 Girls’ Championship 2017 here at the KM16 National Stadium.
In the highly anticipated tie between two of the most exciting teams in the competition this year, the game was fairly even at the start as both team took turn to push forward.
But pretty soon, the more experienced Thai side would found the chink in the Philippines armour and they took advantage of it to full effect in the 12th minute when the nimble Ploychompoo Sommonk ran past defender Alessandra Viallon down the left for a shot past keeper Jessica Pido.
However, it did not take too long for the Philippines to get back into the game and in the 17th minute, they drew level when lanky midfielder Myrla Garcia fired in one her trademark long range effort from some 20metres to beat Thai custodian Ponpimon Ngoenphon.
Two quick goals from Ploychompoo (22nd minute) and Trinity Parascandola (30th) – both from the left of the Philippines backline – exposed how fragile Philippines were and it took the team just two minutes to replace Alessandra, who were limping out.
With the score at 3-1 to Thailand’s advantage at the end of the 40 minutes first half, the Philippines came out more determined in the second as they took them just two minutes to pull a goal back through Viviana Cera.
That goal seemed to have revived the Philippines into further action as they attacked from both flanks with the hardworking Alexander Yap on double time in search of the equaliser.
But a 59th minute corner from Ploychompoo saw a fine header from Pattarana Aupachai to give the Thais a 4-2 advantage and rattled the Philippines offensive play.
As the Philippines struggled to get a grip on things, an own goal from Philippines defender Keanne Dedel just two minutes later, put Thailand in firm control.
They then made sure of the title this year with when substitute Janista Jinantuya knocking in the sixth goals right at the end.