02 June 2011
UFL showcases all-stars against Azkals
Football fans will be given a rare treat Sunday when the United Football League stages a special exhibition match pitting the Philippine Azkals and the UFL All-Stars at the University of Makati pitch.
The match provides a fitting conclusion to a second season filled with enthralling matches and where the league gained headway in support following the success of the Azkals.
There will be an abundance of talent on both sides as the league showcases its finest players against the country's best.
Several Azkals who play in the UFL will be playing for the national team, which is currently in the thick of preparations for the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying first round match against Sri Lanka.
Among the UFL standouts who will see action for the Azkals are Aly Borromeo and Anton del Rosario of Kaya Cignal, Air Force Rider linchpins Chieffy Caligdong, Ian Araneta, Yanti Barsales and Mark Ferrer, Global Smartmatic striker Misagh Bahadoran and Army Fritz and Macziol IBM stars Roel Gener, Ricardo Becite, Nestorio Margarse and Eduard Sacapano.
Some of the Azkals based abroad are expected to play in the friendly, including starting goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, midfielder Simon Greatwich and defender Jason Sabio.
Mainstays Phil and James Younghusband are also expected to see action for the Azkals.
The match will give Azkals coach Hans Michael Weiss another opportunity to gauge his team's progress in preparation for the Sri Lanka match.
There will be no shortage of exciting players for the league's All-Star team.
Prolific strikers Izo El-Habbib of Global Smartmatic and Mark Hartmann of Loyola Meralco Sparks will be among the players to watch, along with quick wingers Aaron Altiche of Global and Floriano Pasilan of Green Archers Orient Freight.
Also part of the team is former national player Jerry Barbaso who plays for Global Smartmatic.
Air Force goalkeeper Edmundo Mercado and midfielder Randy Bela-ong are also part of the team together with Army players Meliton Pelayo and Rommel Villaruel, Global's Valentin Kama, Arye Ayi and Ange Tressor Guiso.
Kaya Cignal will also be represented in the All Star game by Eric Dagroh, Lexter Maravilla and Anto Gonzales.
Loyola Meralco will also have Patrick Ozaeta and Alvin Valeroso in the All Star team along with Nomads striker Steve Borril and Green Archers midfielder Enrique Romero Salas.
The two other goalkeepers in the team are Martin Villaflor from Greem Archers and Jose Alfie Caminos of Navy.
Tickets for the match are priced at P100 and will be available at LBC branches in SM North Edsa, Trinoma,SM Megamall, Market Market, Glorietta, Park Square, SM Sucat, Alabang Town Center and Filinvest.