The Philippine men’s football team will be facing Asian powerhouse China in a friendly match on June 7, according to Azkals team manager Dan Palami.
The exhibition match is part of the team’s preparation for the Asian Cup third round qualification match against Tajikistan on June 13 at the Pamir Stadium in Dushanbe.
“We’ll prepare for that and hopefully we get the new players that we want as well,” Palami said.
The Philippines will try to ride on the momentum it generated in its 4-1 trashing of Nepal last March at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
The Azkals, with three points, are currently tied with Yemen but hold a narrow a two-point advantage on goal difference to take the pole position in Group F.
Meanwhile, Palami revealed that they are eyeing the services of two new foreign-based recruits to be part of their roster for the Asian Cup qualifiers.
Palami did not identify the players but online reports are pointing to Filipino-German Raphael Obermair and Filipino-Swedish Jesper Nyholm as possible additions to the Azkals roster.
Obermair, 21, plays as a right wing striker for German Bayern Munich FC’s second team while Nyholm, 23, is a center back out of AIK Fotboll in the Swedish first division.
“One of them is already in the lineup of a strong team in the Bundesliga. The other one, unfortunately, the national team of the other country took interest in him. So, he will try that first and maybe come back to us if its not successful,” said Palami.
DAVAO Region Athletic Association (Davraa) elementary football team opened its title-retention bid by eking out a 3-0 shutout victory over Calabarzon at the start of the Palarong Pambansa 2017 at St. Anthony College in Antique over the weekend. Palaro 2016 elementary football champion Davraa relied on Jhojie Fernandez who knocked in two goals as teammate Emmanuel Loquero added one goal to help lift the Rey Henry "Ewee" De Leon-coached squad take the debut win. De Leon earlier told SunStar Davao that they will take each game at a time and not pressure his boys to defend the crown. Davraa, however, held Mimaropa to a scoreless draw in bracket A when action resumed on Monday. "May ilang finishing natin na hindi na convert into goals. Sayang nga eh," De Leon said in a text interview, adding that players of both teams have similar height. The seasoned coach also said, "It's difficult to say na makukuha natin ulit ang gold pero sana makuha natin." Next game is set tomorrow at 8 a.m. opposite Central Visayas. The Davraa secondary football team forced a 2-2 standoff with Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) behind the back-to-back goals of team captain Justin Luis Uy of Ateneo de Davao University at the University of Antique. Alex Adolfo is coaching the Davraa secondary booters who were pitted against Zamboanga Peninsula Region as of Monday evening. The team is also composed of Enrico Miguel Magno, Jose Antonio Lopez, Miguel Royo, Gabriel Leyson, Joshua Joseph de Luna, Andrei Amir Amaikurut, Martin Antepuesto, Kyrt Anton Dimaandal of Ateneo; Jhon Mark Diamat of Emar Human and Environmental College; Angelo Paring of Rizal Memorial Colleges; Raymund Casona and Krist Kenneth Igpit of the University of Mindanao; Norjhon Gandarosa of Maco Atty. Orlando S Rimando National High School; Pachecko Bugas of Nabunturan Comprehensive National High School; Jumar Nino Quipit of Hagonoy National High School in Davao del Sur; Roel Jr. Zamorano of Mati National Comprehensive High School and Noel Capuyan, Jr. of Mintal Comprehensive High School
The Negros Island Region secondary football team wonover Central Luzon, 8-2, in Group A at the height of simultaneous matches on the second day of the 2017 PalarongPambansain Antique on Sunday.
Central Luzon IX started with shooting two consecutive goals in the first 20 minutes of the match but NIR seized the momentum with five successive goals from Joshua Broce, Jayson Galve and Christian Peñalosa for a 5-2 scoreline at the break.
The Negrense footballers remained on attacking mode in the second half as they Broce completed a hatrick while Luis Caluor had a brace to seal the win for NIR. The team will play against Northern Mindanao today at 2:15 p.m.
The rout was the first win for the Negrensebooters whose first match against the National Capital Region on Saturday ended in a 1-1 draw.
Composed of players from the cities of San Carlos, Victorias, Bago, Bacolod and Dumaguete, the team is mentored by head coach Joe Marie Dolino with Jose Rey Nanalabe and VirgilioSubradoas assistant coaches.
Meanwhile, NIR elementary booters keeps a 2-0 win-loss card going into third assignment today against the Cordillera region.
The team, with the core of its players from Bacolod City, beat Eastern Visayas, 3-0, and Northern Mindanao, 4-1, in their first two matches.*MLG
Make Kaya FC–Makati history with us on May 6! We play our first-ever PFL home game at the University of Makati (UMak). Ticket prices: P20 for field-side section and P350 for grandstand. Tickets to the May 6 game can be used for our second home game!
AS LONG time frustrated football fan in this basketball crazy country, I am delighted that the long time planned Philippine Football League (PFL) has been finally executed. The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) with the help of the brains of the former premier football league in our country, the United Football League (UFL), finally launched the nationwide league at the posh Shangri La Hotel in Taguig (not in Makati as earlier reported). There is so much excitement but there are still so many questions and concerns left unanswered or unresolved. First, the PFF has a long history of organizational failures in running tournaments. I think this PFL is too big for them. They should concentrate in running the national teams and the development of the sports all over the country and give the running of the PFL to the people who successfully created and ran the UFL. Call me a devil’s advocate but the launching of the PFL itself has not caught any attention of the national media, except for the usual football writers. Their stories were not even given big spaces deserving for the launching of the Philippine National League. Even the social media were dying to get information about the launching. I was looking for stories about the launching two days before the event in Shangri La. I was told to go to the PFF website. The information from the PFF website about the PFL was stale and several weeks old. They then posted a story about the launching a day before the launching. Who the hell is in charge of the PFL PR? For the love of the beautiful game I always write stories about football. Now with the PFL, I am so delighted to write anything about the league. But what will I write when I could not even get information from the PFF? Someone is not doing his job properly. Who is that someone? Please fire him. It is just the start of the PFL. This is just one of the problems. This is not even a big problem. But if the PFF could not even fix this small problem, how could they fix bigger problems? (firstname.lastname@example.org)