20 April 2019

PHILIPPINES U22 FOR MERLION CUP IN JUNE

MANILA (19 April 2019) – As part of their preparation for the year-end SEA Games which they will be hosting, the Philippines will be sending their Under-22 team for the Merlion Cup which will be held in Singapore in June.
The Philippines Football Federation (PFF), through President Nonong Araneta, fresh from receiving a second mandate as member of the powerful FIFA Council, said the U22 will need more international exposure.
“We’re joining the Merlion Cup for the U22 and we can always do the (training) camp in Qatar in preparation for the SEA Games,” said Araneta.
The Philippines’ U22 team will be competing at the SEA Games at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

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18 April 2019

Philippine booters pitch overseas training camps in buildup

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Football Federation is lining up international competitions and overseas training camps for both the men’s U-22 and women’s squads to gear them up for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on home ground in November.
PFF president Nonong Araneta, who is fresh from receiving as second mandate as member of the powerful Fifa Council, said the U-22 Azkals are eyed for a stint at the Merlion Cup in June while the Malditas are set to do battle at the Asean Football Federation Women’s Championship in August.
 “We’re joining the Merlion Cup for the U-22 and we can always do the (training) camp in Qatar in preparation for the SEA Games.,” said Araneta.
The women’s side just came off a campaign in the second round of the AFC Women’s Olympic Football Qualifying Tournament and is looking forward to facing the likes of regional power Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Timor Leste in the pre-SEAG Asean bootfest.
“The women’s team is actually more exposed and they now have the AFF championships. After that we can camp, maybe ask China if they can help us with a camp,” he said.

Phl is staging men’s football at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, which needs construction of individual seats at the bleachers’ section to meet international standard, and the women’s division at Binan Stadium. At least two venues are needed for each division.
“We will prepare the teams but as far as preparations for the venues, that’s the concern of the organizing committee (Philippine SEAG organizing commitee),” he said.

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PSM Makassar edges Kaya-Iloilo to take Group H lead

By Kevin Estrada
It took just a three-minute stretch for PSM Makassar to take the Group H lead away from Kaya-Iloilo after they silenced Panaad with a 2-0 win in Holy Wednesday afternoon.
First-half goals by Rizky Pellu and Eero Markkanen put the Indonesian side on top of their group, which featured a wild finish to the return fixture as it ended with 10 men each.
Noel Marcaida’s side were vertically challenged in this tie, with centre-half Camelo Tacusalme suspended due to cards, and it posed a problem facing a tall frontline that Darije Kalezic had.
In the searing heat of Bacolod, PSM took initiative from the get go, with their first attempt came 15 seconds after kicking off, when Markkanen caught Louie Casas off his line with his long ranged effort.
That aggressiveness bore fruit 21 minutes later when Pellu headed home the left-footed cross from Wiljan Pluim just near the six-yard box past Casas.
The Finn then doubled their lead three minutes later after simply brushing aside Jalsor Soriano and slots the ball into the net with his right foot, and the magnificent goalkeeping by Rivky Mokodongpit got them a comfortable cushion at the break.
PSM went down to ten men seven minutes after the restart with Abdul Rahman given marching orders by referee Mongkolchai Pechsri for a second bookable offense, with the Thai had whistled 38 fouls between them.
But just four minutes before time, disaster struck for Kaya-Iloilo after Soriano was given a straight red for kicking Marc Klok whilst on the ground after a foul.
Joven Bedic gave a fighting chance at full time after the Kaya skipper pulled one back from the spot after Jordan Mintah was fouled inside by Hasyim Kipuw, but it turned out to be a late consolation as their three-match unbeaten run was snapped at their own patch.
Kaya-Iloilo (4-4-2): Casas (GK), Matas, Omura, Soriano, Bedic (C), Angeles (Amita 68′), Osei, Felongco (Tuason 77′), Mintah, Tacagni (Pasinabo 57′), Roberts
PSM Makassar (4-2-3-1): Mokodompit (GK), Markkanen, Klok, Rachmat (Kipuw 63′), Munhar, Rizky Pellu, Taufik Hidayat (Adi Utama 86′), Rahman, Beny Wahyudi, Arfan (Asnawi 83′) , Pluim (C)

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17 April 2019

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FEU blanks UE to clinch Final Four berth

BY JEREMIAH M. SEVILLA

Jermi Darapan netted the match-winner as Far Eastern University (FEU) clinched a Final Four berth at the expense of University of the East (UE), 1-0, in Season 81 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s football on Sunday at the FEU-Diliman Football Field in Quezon City.
Darapan came off the bench to strike the lone goal in the 79th minute, giving the Tamaraw Booters the first semifinal spot this season with a league-best 24 points on a 7-3-2 win-draw-loss record.

Head coach Bobae Park’s FEU squad also posted its third win in a row to reclaim the top spot.
UE bowed out of Final Four contention as it dropped to the bottom with eight markers on a dismal 2-2-8 slate.
The Red Warriors actually led the standings early in the season but suddenly crashed to a seven-game winless run.
Meanwhile, Katipunan rivals University of the Philippines (UP) and Ateneo De Manila University battled to a 1-1 draw.
Kintaro Miyago hit the opener for the Maroon Booters in the sixth minute but Rupert Baña quickly struck the equalizer for the Blue Booters just three minutes later.
With the stalemate, UP remained at No. 3 with 20 points on a 6-2-4 card while Ateneo slid to No. 2 with 23 markers on a 7-2-3 sheet.
In the other fixture, also-ran Adamson University shocked last season’s finalist University of Santo Tomas, 1-0, behind Rey Poncardas’ 64th minute goal.
The Soaring Falcons ascended to No. 6 with 11 points on two wins and five draws against six losses. Adamson also snapped a four-game losing skid.
The Golden Booters suffered their third setback and fell to No. 5 with 17 markers on four wins and five draws.

16 April 2019

AFC CUP GROUP H LEADERS KAYA FC–ILOILO AND PSM MAKASSAR TUSSLE IN PANAAD

KAYA FC–ILOILO (PHI) vs PSM MAKASSAR (IND)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019
3PM | PANAAD STADIUM, BACOLOD


16 APRIL 2019; BACOLOD CITY, PHILIPPINES — Two weeks after a dramatic 1-1 draw in Indonesia, Group H leaders Kaya FC–Iloilo and PSM Makassar face off once again, this time at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod, Philippines. Both teams are currently deadlocked with five points, with Kaya slightly ahead on goal difference. With third placed Home United just a point behind in the standings, Wednesday’s 3pm encounter provides a massive opportunity for both sides to create a cushion atop Group H.
“It’s a crucial game. The team that gets maximum points will stay at the top of the table to start the second round,” said Iloilo head coach Noel Marcaida. “The team that is hungrier to get the three points will get the result. It’s going to be a test of character, not just for our players, but for them as well. We expect them to work hard to get three points tomorrow, and we’re ready for that. If we have an answer for their set pieces, I think we’ll be having a positive outcome.”

Given what’s at stake for both sides, Kaya goalkeeper Michael Casas is hoping home field advantage will play its part.
Tomorrow will be a big game for us especially that we are here at home. We will get more confidence, especially from our fans traveling from Iloilo. We’re expecting PSM to do their best and for sure we’ll need to perform,” he said. “We’re expecting PSM to attack more and we’ve worked hard not only in training, but off the field as well. We’re studying their attacks. As coach said they’re dangerous in set pieces, they’re big boys. But we’re at home, our families are watching, so we’re motivated and we’re eager to win the game tomorrow.”
PSM Makassar were on the way to taking all three points in the teams’ first meeting in Indonesia, but Eero Markkanen’s penalty was canceled out in thrilling fashion by a 93rd minute goal from Marwin Angeles. PSM’s head coach Darije Kalezic is expecting Wednesday’s encounter to be equally tight.
“The first game showed us that we’re pretty much two equal teams. We have the same strengths. We played the first game 1-1 and I’m expecting tomorrow to be a tough game for both teams,” he said.
Having thumped the reigning ASEAN Zone Champions, Home United, 5-0, in their last time out in Panaad, Kaya FC–Iloilo will be full of confidence playing in Bacolod once more. Head coach Noel Marcaida, however, is wary of any over confidence from his side.
“Playing in Panaad will be to our advantage. It’s a home game away from home, but Panaad is in the Philippines, and we represent the country. We’re also used to playing at 3pm. We’re happy and we’re really looking forward to playing here in Panaad,” he said. “ But every AFC game is very important. This is a big stage. Whatever results came before are irrelevant. We need to focus on the match ahead.”
Tickets to tomorrow’s match will be available at the stadium entrances. Prices are at: P20 for Bleachers, P50 for Grandstand, and P100 for VIP. For those unable to make it to the Panaad Stadium, the match will be aired live on 5Plus (formerly Aksyon TV), and will be streamed live over their website, and YouTube channel.


11 April 2019

Philippines 7-0 Palestine

The Philippine Women’s National Team hammered Palestine, 7-0, last Tuesday, 9 April 2019 at the Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar.
However, with Chinese Taipei defeating IR Iran, 4-1, in the other match, the Philippines missed out on a spot to the final round of the 20The Philippines raced to a 3-0 lead in the first half. Joyce Semacio converted from the penalty spot in the 17th minute followed by Alisha del Camp and Eva Madarang in the 29th and 31st minutes.
In the second half, the Philippines padded their score in a 10 minute span. Madarang added a second in the 60th minute. Captain Patrice Impelido also made her mark in 62nd minute. Sara Castañeda added further gloss with two more goals in the 66th and 70th minutes to complete the result.20 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Asian Qualifiers.
The Philippines, which is led by head coach Marnelli Dinzon, finished Group C in second place with two wins and one loss. The Olympic qualifiers is the first of at least three tournaments the team will participate this year with the AFF Women’s Championship 2019 set this August and the 30th Southeast Asian Games this November.
“We thank the Philippine Women’s National Team for their formidable display in the 2020 Olympic Qualifiers,” said PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes. “The team may not have advanced to the next round, but their performance on the field is a testament on how far Women’s football has improved in the country in recent years.”