04 July 2012

Loyola Meralco to play in quarterfinals of Singapore Cup for Philippines

Icko de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines - After a third place finish in the recently concluded United Football League, the season of Loyola Meralco Sparks FC is not yet over as they fly to Singapore for the quarterfinals of the RHB Singapore Cup.
Loyola Meralco is the Philippines' representative in the 15-year-old tournament that gathers Singapore's professional clubs from the S. League, and pits them against invited foreign teams.
Loyola Meralco were put to the test by S.League side Geylang United in the preliminary round of the competition, relying on goals from Mark Hartmann and Park Min Ho to defeat the Eagles 2-1 after extra time despite the squad already hampered by fatigue.
With the win against Geylang, they will be up against Myanmar side Kanbawza FC for the quarterfinals, which they will have to play twice.
Tough team
Kanbawza is the second remaining foreign club in the competition after Laos' Yotha FC, Cambodia's Phnom Penh Crown and Malaysia's Harimau Muda B were eliminated in the preliminary round. Kanbawza cruised through the preliminary round of the competition, defeating Woodlands Wellington FC 2-1 with goals from Soe Min Oo and Tercio Nunes.
It will be another challenge for Loyola Meralco as they will count on national team stalwarts Phil and James Younghusband to lead the charge against the Myanmar side, and hopefully regain some pride after faltering late in the UFL season with a loss against rivals Philippine Air Force Phoenix and a draw against Nomads Auction Manila that led to their third place finish behind winners Global FC and runner-up Kaya FC.
The match between Loyola Meralco and Kanbawza will be on July 5 and July 8, both matches will start at 7:45pm and will be held at the Jalan Besar Stadium. - Rappler.com


  1. got a link for the game?

  2. Two Kanbawza FC player play for 2013 AFC U-22 Asian Cup qualification.

    Myanmar's team list had fielded overaged players, at least eight players are believed to be overaged. Those registered for the qualifier, as stipulated in the tournament's regulations, must be 21 and below.

    According to the Yangon United's official website (www.ygnutd.com), Kaung Si Thu turned 25 on Jan 22 while other local portals revealed that seven others were aged 23.

    1. Kaung Si Thu (Yangon United) - 22 January 1987 (age 25)
    2. Kyaw Zayar Win (Kanbawza F.C.) - 22 October 1988 (age 23)
    3. Thet Naing (Yadanarbon F.C.) - 17 January 1989 (age 23)
    4. Ye Zaw Htet Aung (Yadanarbon F.C.) – 2 January 1986 (age 26)
    5. Thein Than Win (Kanbawza FC) - 2 July 1982 (age 30)

    Yesterday, Yangon United's official website has changed Kaung Si Thu birth year from 1987 to 1993.

  3. live stream?

  4. 1:0 HT to Loyola. Goal by PY.

  5. Loyola won 3-1

  6. I think Loyola won. 3:1? I just searched on google. :)

    1. Loyola won 3-1 !
      1-0 Phil Younghusband, 2-0 M. Hartman, 3-1 James Youghusband

  7. Myanmar club got two red cards

  8. Red cards are part of the game. :)) too bad for the Myanmar team they did not practice good discipline on the field. Gotta be aggressively disciplined, if that makes sense. Good win for the sparks.

  9. You see. You see. The game is great and the win as well.

    Thanks to the all the three tweet casters, unfortunately due to "forgetfulness" I forgot their names but these guys did a real good job.

    Para nga lang bumalik noong 70s and early 80s na by telegram ang feedback. But it was fun. Nakalog din ako sa futbol24, pag tumunog yung goal tone nila may goal ako na expected, hehehehe.

    Good win for Loyola Meralco Sparks but it's a shame for Myanmar crowd. Inulit na naman nila yung ginawa nila against Oman sa playing field nila.

    1. What happened sa game? Ano ba ginawa sa mga Myannmar crowd?