21 December 2011

CF Madrid set to face Azkals in fund-raiser


Third Division club CF Madrid has agreed to play a "practice game" with the Philippine Azkals on Jan. 7 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, which will be a fund-raiser for the victims of Typhoon Sendong in Northern Mindanao, according to football chief Mariano Araneta Jr. "CF Madrid has confirmed it will arrive in Manila to play a ‘practice game’ with the Azkals on Jan. 7," said Araneta, who assigned national team manager Dan Palami to take charge of the arrangements for the charity match. Because it will only be a practice game, "we no longer need FIFA sanction since it is not an international friendly that has strict requirements like local coordinators and technical officials that meet their criteria," Araneta said. Among those spearheading the project are national women’s coach Ernie Nierras, Ebong Joson and Craig Burroughs, the last two being the leaders of the Kaholeross, the official cheerleading group of the Azkals. During initial talks during the Azkal Christmas party at the SMDC showroom in Pasay City last Tuesday night, the core group suggested fans would be charged a P100 entrance fee to watch the game, and they would be encouraged to bring goods for the typhoon victims. They said collection boxes would be set up around the venue where the fans could drop their items. They also agreed that LBC would act as the "ticketing agent" for the football benefit, while volunteers would be tapped during a "telethon" during the day to raise cash for those affected by the natural calamity. "This is one way the local football community can pay back and help our countrymen who were adversely affected by Typhoon Sendong in Northern Mindanao," they said. To start the ball rolling, the group encouraged fans and players alike during the Christmas party to purchase ballers of the Azkals and Malditas at P100 each that would go to the relief fund for typhoon victims.



  1. I don't understand. Why is there the need to get FIFA clearance for a friendly involving a club side? Its not like caps are gonna be awarded or anything like that, therefore having it as a friendly or a practice match isn't gonna make it anymore official than it will be.

  2. Craig Burroughs?

  3. I think its because it would involve a National Team, thats why PFF advertises the match as a Azkal/UFL squad. I read it in one of the many articles that came out about this match.

  4. ^^Doesn't matter if it involves a national team. At the end of the day, its a national team against a CLUB side. And again, organizing it as a practice match or as an "official friendly" isn't really gonna make any difference. There will still be referees, 90 minutes will still be played, a paying audience will still be there, players won't be gaining any caps..... no difference really.

  5. "If you haven't any charity in your heart you have the worst kind of heart trouble" to cure it
    Help people, let's unite for one good cause, be a volunteer"save lives"!