30 April 2014

Feeling of helplessness as injured Phil Younghusband rues Loyola setback

by Karlo Sacamos

LOYOLA Meralco star Phil Younghusband rued the missed opportunity to help the Sparks, who ended up bowing to Global FC, 1-2, in the United Football League on Tuesday night at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
The Sparks striker felt helpess staying on the sidelines with a groin (adductor pull) injury as he saw his team surrender an early lead to Global in perhaps the most important game of the season.
“It’s hard to watch when you feel you can do something in the game,” Younghusband said in a chat with Spin.ph after the game. “You want to come on, but you can’t.”
Instead of making the title race more interesting, the Sparks allowed Global to pull away further from the rest of the UFL field and move nearer to the league championship.
“It’s another setback, but we just have to keep working hard, keep making sure we win our remaining games,” said Younghusband, who still believes the season is far from decided.
“It’s never over. There are a few games to go. There could be still some more upsets, so we still feel we may have a say, whether we affect it for Global or Kaya.”
In his absence, brother and right winger James was thrust up front to provide the scoring punch, which the elder Younghusband did, opening the scoring 33 minutes into the game off a rebound.
After scoring the goal, James taunted Global goalkeeper Roland Sadia, which, Global coach Leigh Manson felt, rallied his troops.
“I just did that (gesture) because he smacked me in the face during the first corner,” Younghusband insisted.
“But we kissed and made up,” he added. “Obviously it was in the heat of the moment after getting the goal. I was a bit lucky to get the goal. I was just upset he smacked me in the face right before that.”
As a result, Global mounted a comeback behind old reliables Misagh Bahadoran and Izzo El-Habbib.
“We worked hard, but we ran out of steam,” Younghusband said. “Obviously Global’s impact subs made the difference.”


Alex Borromeo and Ian Araneta in ASEAN All-Star team !


PETALING JAYA (30 April 2014) – Singapore’s ShahrilIshak, voted Asean Football Federation’s (AFF) Most Valuable Player, and Thai hitman, TeerasilDangda, the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 Golden Boot winner, will lead the ASEAN All-Star team when they take on Indonesiain a friendly to raise funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
The matchwill be staged at the 100,000-capacity Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Senayan, Jakarta on 11 May, with kick off at 2030hrs.
Shahril, who sensationally skippered his team to the AFF Suzuki Cup crown two years ago, will combine forces with the lethal Teerasil, whose exploits include playing stints in the English Premier League and the Australian League.
Teerasil will hook up with several other notable strikers which includesVietnam’s own Le Cong Vinh, Philippines Ian BayonaAraneta and Laos’VisayPhaphouvanin. These players are among a 22-strong Asean All-Star squad named for the match.
Coach Datuk K. Rajagobal, who steered the Malaysian team to the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup and was a nominee for the AFF Awards last year, will handle the All Star team.
“We do not have a lot of time but being professionals I believe the players will all be ready for the match,” said Rajagobal.“This is more of an exhibition match and what’s important is that we put up a good entertaining football for the fans. The bottom-line is that we want to contribute to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.”
While the ability of the strikeforceis beyond doubt, Rajagobal will also have several solid players minding the backline. They include former Philippines captain Alex Borromeo, Malaysian skipper Mohamad AidilZafuan Abdul Radzak, Thailand’s NiweatSiriwong and Cambodia’s Hong Pheng.
In midfield, Rajagobal will have the likes of Shahril, Thailand’s DatsakornThonglao, Cambodia’s ChhinChouen, Myanmar’s NaingLinoo, Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Quyet and Malaysia’s Safiq Rahim.
Between the posts, the Asean team will have Singapore’s Hassan Abdullah Sunny and Laos’ SoukthavySoundala.
On the Indonesian side, head coach Alfred Riedl, has named a formidable squad to match the Asean aces.
Among them isnaturalised Greg Nkwolo, the frontman of ISL champions Persebaya Surabaya and midfield-general FirmanUtina.
“The match is very important to us. It is not just another game,” said Alfred. “We are playing against quality players which means they are very capable of playing a very good game and giving us a hard time.”


President’s Cup tickets out May 3; Police force to launch Oplan ‘AFC’

By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.

Tickets for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President’s Cup 2014 Group B Qualifier will be available starting May 3 at the Ceres Football Club Headquarters (formerly North Resto Bar) located across Ayala District, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

Tickets are for the allocated seats in the main stadium and the bleachers.
The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) reiterated this tournament is totally “free admission”, as these tickets will only help spectators get a better view during matches.
Meanwhile, the Bacolod City Police Office will launch the “Oplan AFC” in relation to the staging of the Asian Football Confederation President’s Cup 2014 Group B Qualifier on May 6-10 at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
“This Oplan AFC is already prepared and subject for the approval of City Director Larry Decena,” said C/Insp. Noel Polines, head of the Security Committee.
Polines said a total of 257 police personnel will be deployed to the Panaad Stadium and various hotels, in which 43 security personnel take post at the designated hotels while 214 will be assigned at the Panaad Stadium.
“We will also have K9 Units and SWAT teams in the duration of the event,” he added.
Polines said they have prepared a work plan to ensure the safety, not only of the visiting teams and the home squad, but also of the spectators.
On the other hand, facilities at the Panaad Stadium are almost 80 percent complete in time for the tournament staging next week.
The LOC is working double time to ensure that the Panaad Park and Stadium of Negros Occidental will not only be ready for the tournament, but meets the requirements set by the AFC.
Aside from the huge facelift of the main stadium’s facilities, the LOC also focuses on keeping its football pitch green in time for the tournament.
“As of this time, we are trying to rehabilitate Panaad pitch. We know that during summer, grasses turn brown, thus, we fertilize these to remain green. Also, we planted some grass in the goal’s mouth to make it green as well,” LOC chairman Nicolas Golez said.
We are also maintaining our practice venues at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos and the Ceres-La Salle FC Mandalagan field, he added.
Meanwhile, the LOC is also installing hundreds of mounted seats for VIPs at the main stadium, which is also among the AFC requirements for hosting the event.
Further, the LOC had also constructed two more dressing rooms with showers at the Panaad Stadium as the facility only had two.
The LOC chairman has again appealed for support from fellow Bacolodnons and Negrenses.
“We would like to have a full [Panaad] stadium every match day. Not only will it be good for the team’s morale, but it will greatly leave an impression on the other teams, as well as the AFC, that when we host an international event such as the AFC President’s Cup, it is ‘more fun in Bacolod and Negros Occidental.’”
“It’s ‘free admission’ in the open bleachers and some parts of the stadium. This would be the best opportunity for your club to make noise by bringing along drums, trumpets; show patriotism by waving our national flag; improvise streamers showing support, and other related activities to drumbeat the event,” the LOC official suggested./

Watchmen Daily Journal - WDJ

Talbot joins Young Azkals in Japan tourney

By Jerome Galunan Jr.


Bago City native Jonathan Talbot recently joined the 14U National Team which saw action in Japan featuring 16 teams from across Southeast Asia

The nationals registered a remarkable finish at sixth over-all, beating teams from Cambodia and Thailand, including a draw to eventual winner, Vietnam.
Talbot, who is currently studying at the Ateneo de Manila University, is among the nine players coming from the Visayan Region.
The team is also looking forward for more international exposures in the future./

Watchmen Daily Journal - WDJ

Rajagobal to coach Asean All Stars

K. RAJAGOBAL and Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin will be the Asean All Stars coach and team manager respectively for a charity match against Indonesia in Jakarta on May 11.

The match is an Asean Football Federation (AFF) initiative to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines last year.
Five players from Malaysia were picked to represent the Asean All Stars. They are former AFF Cup top-scorer Safee Sali, Amri Yahyah, Safiq Rahim, Mahali Jasuli and national captain Aidil Zafuan Radzak, who all play for Darul Ta’zim,
The other players selected for the match are Vietnam’s Le Cong Vinh, Nguyen Anh Duc, Nguyen Van Quyet, Nguyen Minh Chau and Truong Dinh Luat.
They will report to Rajagobal and Hamidin for training two days before the match.
Rajagobal, 57, is regarded as one of the best coaches in the region, having led Malaysia to titles in the 2009 Laos Sea Games and the 2010 AFF Cup.
FAM general-secretary Hamidin was the team manager when Malaysia won the Sea Games gold in 2011.
“I am very happy to be reunited with Rajagobal and also honoured to be selected as the team manager.
“The match was finalised during a recent AFF meeting in Tokyo,” said Hamidin yesterday.
Former Thailand international Piyapong Pue On was AFF’s first choice to coach its team but he declined.
Rajagobal will be assisted by Kedah coach Tan Cheng Hoe.
With five Darul Ta’zim players in the Asean All Star squad, the club’s match against LionsXII, scheduled on May 13, has been moved to May 20 at Jalan Besar Stadium.

Read more: Rajagobal to coach Asean All Stars - Soccer - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/sports/soccer/rajagobal-to-coach-asean-all-stars-1.583031#ixzz30LO57JiP

PFF Women's Cup 2014

Message from Jowe-Ann Barruga of the PFF:

"Greetings from the Philippine Football Federation (PFF)!
We would like to inform you that the PFF will conduct the PFF-Women’s Cup 2014 (9 v 9) to be held on 24 May – 29 June 2014 (weekend games) at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) Turf, Taguig City.
This competition is open to the following teams:
1. A Women’s Club affiliated with a Provincial Football Association;
2. Women’s Team of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) or the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Women’s Team of any other Collegiate Competition;
3. Women’s Football Clubs playing in any tournament sanctioned/recognized by the PFF for the last three (3) years
4. Women’s Division of UFL Club teams with registration in SEC – Year 2013;
We would like to invite your team/club to participate. Considering the limited slots, PFF shall have the discretion to approve or deny the application to participate.
A letter of intent to participate should be sent to PFF Competitions Department on or before 11 May 2014.
For any concern, please contact the PFF Women’s Department at telephone number 02.571.2871 or email at pffwomenscommittee@gmail.com."

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29 April 2014

Global FC on cusp of UFL title conquest after thrilling win over Loyola Sparks

By Karlo Sacamos

IF the celebration took longer than usual, it was understandable.
Global FC solidified its chances of winning the United Football League (UFL) as it turned back Loyola Meralco, 2-1, in a pulsating match at the packed Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
The pacesetting squad overhauled an early deficit and bucked a penalty miss before leaning on goals from old reliables Misagh Bahadoran and Izzo El-Habib to turn the game around .
Global thus jacked up its point total to 44 points, stretching its lead on top over the Sparks to five with still a game on hand.
“We've taken a big step,” Global coach Leigh Manson said, his voice hardly heard with the voices inside the dugout still roaring.


28 April 2014

UFL on Aksyon Tv : Loyola crash is tiff, Green Archers face Pasargad

Karl Decena, InterAksyon.com

Title contenders Global FC and the Loyola Meralco Sparks clash in a crucial encounter in the United Football League on Tuesday at Emperador Stadium.
Global and Loyola tussle at 7:30 p.m. after the opening match between Green Archers United Globe and Pasargad FC at 5:15. Both matches will be aired live on AksyonTV.
Global and Loyola are in a heated race for the League crown as the final stretch of the season nears. Global is currently on top of the table with a 13-2-2 win-draw-loss record for 41 points.
The Sparks closely trail Global at second place, sporting a 12-3-3 card for 39 points.
“We’ll win. We have to win,” Loyola coach Vince Santos said. “We have to go for it. I don’t go to any match looking for less than a win.”
“There’s a lot at stake. We know what to do, we need to win that game. If we win that, we’ll go cruise control,” Global captain Jason De Jong said. “But we need to prepare for that really well.”
Loyola and Global split their first two encounters this season. The Sparks blanked Global, 4-nil, last January 14, while Global got back with a 3-2 win last March 8.
In the first match, Green Archers aim to move up in the team standings against cellar-dweller Pasargad.
Green Archers sit at sixth place with a 6-5-7 slate for 23 points, while Pasargad hopes to end its 11-match winless skid to improve its 1-3-14 record and stay away from relegation.


27 April 2014

Patrick Deyto Penalty Save (Philippines vs Malaysia)

Thomas Dooley to trim training pool

CEBU CITY—With his first major tournament in charge four weeks away, Philippines coach Thomas Dooley believes the Azkals’ buildup for the AFC Challenge Cup is right on track even as he prepares to trim down the pool of players that he will bring for training camp in Bahrain on May 6.

Only 23 players will make the squad to the Challenge Cup and for players, like the returning Carlie De Murga, the match against Malaysia Sunday night here could be their last chance at impressing Dooley.

“It’s very important for us to prepare for the Challenge Cup and to have a send-off game here in Cebu,” said Dooley. “I want to use the match to motivate my players.”

Although he still has one more training camp left, Dooley expressed satisfaction over the preparations that have seen the Azkals play in Dubai and Doha, Qatar.

The Azkals have actually coped well even without some of their stars in previous matches like the 3-0 win over Nepal two weeks ago.

“I’m very happy where we are right now,” said Dooley, who has a new assistant coach in Bruno Baltazar from Portugal.

Azkals manager Dan Palami expressed optimism of a strong showing in the Challenge Cup with Dooley at the helm.

“Since the first game, I have given him high marks,” said Palami. “I feel we are on the right track. He has been understanding to us.”

Butuan - Bootfest slated

Sunday, April 27, 2014

THE 4th Balanghai Football Festival is all set on May 24-25 at Butuan City
 Sports Complex, Barangay Libertad, Butuan City.
Categories entered are boys under 16, girls under 16 and boys U14;
 mixed U12, U10, U8 and U6; as well as 35 above, ladies open and 
men’s open.
All teams will battle in the seven-A-side tournament except for mixed six 
which will be played five versus five.
Each team shall have a maximum of 14 players in the event organized
 by the Butuan-Agusan Norte Football Association (Banfa). Registration 
is pegged at P300 per team for the youth categories and P500 per team
 for the 35 above, men’s and ladies open.
A certified true copy of birth certificate and valid identification card shall 
be submitted to avoid disqualification.(MDC)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 28, 2014.

Patrick Deyto's late save on contentious Malaysia penalty rescues Azkals in Cebu stalemate

By Karlo Sacamos

CEBU CITY - The Philippine men's football team settled for another goalless draw against Malaysia, but still left fans at the Cebu City Sports Center screaming in suspense on Sunday night.
In a match that served as a sendoff for the team bound for the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup next month, the Azkals failed to figure out the puzzle that is the Malaysians anew. It was the fourth straight stalemate between the two countries in the last four years.
Patrick Deyto sparkled as the last line of defense, denying several shots, including a contentious penalty awarded late to Malaysia that averted what would've been a sorry loss for a Filipino side that continued to display its improved passing game under coach Thomas Dooley.
Nate Burkey provided the spark off the bench, conjuring three chances, the last just a bit over the bar.
The Azkals will have one last training camp in Bahrain before the Challenge Cup.


UFL Sunday - Results Div 2

UFL Div 2 Sunday

FT- Forza FC 1-2 Manila All-Japan FC Goal scorers: Forza- Jangobah Johnson 77' (Pk) MAJ- Eiji Sugisaki 21' Genki Nakamura 68'

FT: Union 1-6 Jeepney Goal Scorers: Kouassi- 2', 32', 64' Morallo- 39' Taher-81' Safarian-90+1' Carlos- 24'

FT-Nomads FC 4-4 Agila FC Scorers: Nomads- Clottey- 3' Infante-59' Hacker- 90+2' Agila- Tunde-11'(OG) Bakare-18' 26' 64' Baboubacar -45+1'

FT: Phil Air Force FC 4-0 Phil Navy FC Goal Scorers: Mark Ferrer-6'(PK) Ian Araneta-20' Jimmy Vergara-37' Vince Braga-64'

Friendly Philippines vs Malaysia , 0-0 FT

Friendly Philippines vs Malaysia in Cebu , 7 pm

TV : ABS CBN Sports and Action , from 6.30 pm
Astro Arena 801 (Malaysia)

Livescore : www.futbol24.com

Livestream : http://livesport4u.com/stream4.html

Starting XI :
Goalkeeper: Patrick Deyto

Defenders: Simone Rota, Anton Del Rosario, Jerry Lucena, Daisuke Sato

Midfielders: James Younghusband, Jason De Jong, Martin Steuble, OJ Porteria

Forwards: Patrick Reichelt, Ruben Doctora Jr.


54 mins OJ Porteria , yellow card

57 mins Jason De Jong out , Chris Greatwich in
62 mins James Younghusband out , Curt Dizon in
67 mins Simone Rota out , Carli de Murga in
78 mins Patrick Reichelt out , Jovin Bedic in
86 min Ruben Doctora Jr out , Kenshiro Daniels in

0-0 FT

26 April 2014

Challenge Cup-bound Azkals eye fitting sendoff in Cebu friendly against Malaysia

By Karlo Sacamos
A SENDOFF fit for a king in the Queen City of the South.
That’s what Philippine men’s foot ball team hopes to achieve in its return friendly against Malaysia on Sunday before embarking on its most important international tournament yet.
In their first and last home game before the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup, the Azkals battle the Malaysians once again after both squads settled for a scoreless draw last March.
A sellout partisan crowd is expected in the 7 p.m. affair at the Cebu City Sports Center.
“It’s always good to have a game for the fans to see what we can do especially for the players,” Azkals coach Thomas Dooley said in the pre-match press conference on Saturday. “I want to use this to motivate my players that they think for the Challenge Cup.” 
The last time the Filipino booters played in Cebu was in November 2012 where they nipped Singapore, 1-0, in a friendly that also served as a sendoff for their Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup campaign.
Without a handful of injured booters like Phil Younghusband and unavailable overseas-based standouts, Dooley has given a chance anew for others to step up, even bestowing Anton del Rosario the captain’s armband.
Carli de Murga and Roxy Dorlas make their respective returns, while Joven Bedic dons the country’s colors for the first time as they join a developing, sleek-passing national side that has made gains in its last international training camp in Qatar, where the Filipino booters outplayed Nepal, 3-0, and drew with Qatari club Al-Ahli, 1-1.
“Now we just need to raise our level,” Dooley, former US World Cup skipper, said. “They can compete against Malaysia, all those teams. We are not in the same level as Japan but that's the goal we need to attain.”
Malaysia coach Ong Kim Swee expects the rematch to be “much tougher,” but is still aiming for a good result.


Down to nine men, Pachanga still proves too good for Pasargad

By Karlo Sacamos
A Pachanga side that went down to just nine men still proved too good for hapless Pasargad, coasting to a 4-1 victory on Saturday night in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
The former Division 2 champion played with just 10 men in the second half after the early ejection of Sahayan Jafari, before David Cortina became a second casualty for Pachanga.
Without Azkal striker Nate Burkey, Pachanga still found sufficient firepower as Jang Ho Yoon registered a brace, while Jayson Cutamora and Jinggoy Valmayor were also on target.
Pachanga stretched its winning streak to four games and kept a firm grip of fifth place, increasing its point sum to 26 points to move just two points behind fourth-running defending champion Stallion.
Pasargad, which also fell a man down after Jerome Cuyos was thrown out for picking up two yellow cards, absorbed a 14th loss in 18 games to remain four points behind eighth-running Socceroo as it wasted the gains it made in three previous games, where the cellar-dwellers managed to grab two points.
After Cutamora opened the scoring 23 minutes into the game, Jafari was sent off with a direct red card for stepping on a fallen Pasargad foe, leaving Pachanga with just 10 men six minutes before first-half stoppage time.
Instead of going defensive, Pachanga turned it up a notch offensively as Valmayor, the reigning UAAP leading scorer, doubled the lead with a left-footed strike near the box two minutes after intermission.
Jang then joined the scoring party, striking in the 65th and 85th minute, respectively. His goals sandwiched Pasargad’s lone goal in the 70th courtesy of Hossein Doustdarsefidmazgi.
Cortina was sent off by referee Rey Ritaga in the 75th with a straight red apparently for abusive language, a call that earned the ire of Pachanga owner John Gutierrez, whose loud voice reverberated around the quiet, sparsely-filled stadium.
The call on Cortina was questionable, but Pachanga felt Jafari’s same infraction was clear.
“Mali talaga yung ginawa niya (Jafari). Kailangan maramdaman niya kung anong dapat action para sa kanya, pero yung kay David, there’s nothing you can do about it,” said Pachanga coach Noel Marcaida, who added they will write a formal letter appealing the Cortina red card.
“It’s not even a yellow, kasi wala naman siyang ginawa,” Marcaida insisted. “There are times na ang player plays with a lot of emotion. Hindi mo ma-control mag-mura or whatever. At witness rin tayo na may games na nagmumurahan ang player, pero hindi naman binibigyan ng yellow.”


Indonesia All Eager for ASEAN All-Star Game

JAKARTA (24 April 2014) The ASEAN All-Star match is an invaluable avenue for the Indonesian national team as they look to polish up their squad for the AFF Suzuki Cup at the end of the year.
The Indonesian national side will play against the ASEAN All-Stars on 11 May at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium before taking on the Dominica national team four days later at the Manahan Stadium in Solo.
“We have to start looking at consistency which is what coach Alfred Riedl is calling for. So we will be calling on the best 24 players who have been consistent thus far this season,”’ said assistant coach Widodo Putro.
“So in all likelihood, there will be a handful of young faces.”


Two Philippines football players will play for the ASEAN All Stars team.

UFL SATURDAY - Updated results and standings

FT: Cimarron FC 1-3 Dolphins Goal Scorers: Romeo Cooper-26' Cristituto Pino-71' Mario Titoy-88' Jose Santos-28'

FT: Laos FC 0-0 Ceres-La Salle FC

FT-Pachanga PLDT Home Fibr FC 4-1 Pasargad FC. Goal scorers: Cutamora 23' Valmayor 47' Yoon 65' 85' Doustdarsefidmazgi 70- PSG

8.30 pm Army Fc GTI vs Stallion - POSTPONED

                                            DIV 1

1Global FC1741
2Loyola Meralco Sparks FC1839
3Kaya F.C1736
4Stallion Fc1828
5Pachanga Diliman FC1926
6Green Archers1823
7Army FC GTI1917
8Team Socceroo1810
9Pasargad FC186

                                             DIV 2
2Manila Jeepney FC1430
4Airforce fc1425
6Union Internacional Manila1422
8Manila All-Japan1420
10Dolphins United1512