25 September 2017


Yangon: Korea Republic hardly put a foot wrong as they beat the Philippines 8-0 to open their AFC U-16 Championship Group H qualifier on a resounding note at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon on Monday. 
The Philippines tried but there was little they could do to stop Korea Republic, who took the lead in the 11th minute through striker Kim Dong-hyeon.
Defender Lee Tae-seok made it 2-0 in the 27th minute and Philippines goalkeeper Enrico Mangaoang was easily the most overworked player on the pitch.
Substitute striker Jeong Sang-bin added to the Philippines misery with a hat-trick in the 73rd, 85th and 89th minutes.
Midfielder Park Se-jun scored twice (67th, 74th) and Paik Sang-hoon  (65th)  completed a superb showing by Korea Republic

Kim Jung Soo (Korea Republic Head Coach)
"Even though we got the victory with an 8-0 result, I'm not satisfied my team's performance. My players couldn't play well in first half. The weather and stadium pitch were a challenge for my players. Thankfully, the substitutes created the goals in the second half. We’ll face Myanmar in the next game. I know this game will be difficult for us but our target is to win each game and we'll focus for victory."
Bongbong Roxy Dorlas (Philippines Head Coach)
"Our players played well in the first half, but Korea Republic broke our spirit in the second half. Our main weakness was fitness. AFC competition are of very high standard and every team is strong but we'll keep try our best." 


Philippine U16 Boys Team Begin AFC U16 Campaign

The Philippine Under-16 Boys National Team begin their AFC Under-16 Championship 2018 Qualifiers campaign today 25 September 2017 at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
The team arrived in Yangon last Saturday 23 September ahead of the tournament and is in Group H along with Korea Republic, China PR, and host Myanmar.
The tournament will run from 25-29 September with the top team and the best second placed team advancing to the final round next year in Malaysia which also serve as qualifiers for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2019.
  1. AMAIKURUT, Amir Andre – 23 December 2012, Tacurong City
  2. BASMAYOR, Juan Miguel – 10 March 2002, Muntinlupa City
  3. BUMATAY, Kristian Harald – 02 May 2002, Quezon City
  4. BUYCO, Luis Joaquin – 02 May 2002, Bacolod City
  5. CARO, Leland Raphael – 31 May 2003, Pasay City
  6. DE MESA, Miguel – 22 May 2002, Mandaluyong City
  7. EMERY, Karl James – 23 March 2002, Calamba City
  8. FERRER, Yuki John – 12 July 2002, Janiuay, Iloilo
  9. FLORES, Jethro – 29 March 2003, Los Baños, Laguna
  10. GO, Jacob Christopher – 06 June 2002, United States
  11. GRESENS, Oliver Gerhard – 07 October 2002, Muntinlupa City
  12. LIM, Lorenzo Iñigo – 26 June 2002, Cebu City
  13. MANGAOANG, Enrico Marquell – 29 May 2002, Mandaluyong City
  14. MEER, Emmanuel – 18 March 2002, Makati City
  15. MEER, Enrique – 18 March 2002, Makati City
  16. MOLINA, Jiannecel – 25 April 2002, Parañaque City
  17. PEDERNAL, Jacob Joaquin – 31 January 2002, Mandaluyong City
  18. PEÑA, Jacob Agustin IV – 27 November 2002, Muntinlupa City
  19. ROXAS, Matteo Lorenzo – 10 December 2002, Munitnlupa City
  20. SAN JOSE, Nicolai Art – 26 August 2002, Calamba, Laguna
  21. SIMONS, Elijah Wade – 26 August 2002, United States
  22. UY, Timothy Dalton – 05 October 2002, Quezon City
  23. WINTER, William Michael – 07 January 2002, Mandaluyong City
The Philippines Boys U16 coaching staff is headed by former national team player Coach Bongbong Roxy Dorlas and assisted by Christopher Pedimonte, Christian Salanguit, and Mark Anthony Francisco.
“It’s a great opportunity ever since I started in coaching. It’s always a dream for me to eventually to handle a national team and this is a great opportunity to coach the youth players who will eventually be Azkals players,” said Dorlas.
The team is composed of 10 players from the Emelio Caligdong coached AFF Under-15 team and 13 others, who were chosen after tryouts. The team had a training camp in the University of Los Baños from 13-27 August and in Manila from 3-21 September.
25 September 2017 – 3:00 PM local time (4:30 PM Manila time)
Korea Republic vs Philippines
27 September 2017 – 3:00 PM local time (4:30 PM Manila time)
Philippines vs China PR
29 September 2017 – 6:00 PM local time (7:30 PM Manila time)
Myanmar vs Philippines

24 September 2017

Junior Azkals face SoKors in AFC U16 qualifers

The Philippine Under-16 football team is optimistic but wants to remain realistic of its chances in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Championship 2018 qualifying stage.
Setting their qualification campaign into motion, the junior Filipino booters tackle South Korea on Monday at 4:30 p.m. (Manila time) at the Thuwunna Youth Training Centre Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
Head coach Roxy Dorlas, who is on his first stint as mentor of a national team, is hopeful of an all-out effort from his young Azkals.
“As a coach and as a player before, we always want to have results and good performance. With the mentality and the attitude of the players that we have, their desire of winning is very high,” Dorlas, who was a former Philippine Azkal, told The Manila Times.
Team skipper Juan Miguel Basmayor shares the same confidence heading into the qualifying phase of the biennial youth football tournament.
“Based on the national teams that I joined in the past few years, I think this is the best team that I had. I believe that this team would go further than the other teams that I’ve joined,” said Basmayor, a junior booter from De La Salle Zobel.
However, the Philippines is set to battle it out with powerhouse teams South Korea, China and Myanmar in Group H for the lone sure spot to the main stage.
“It’s a very tough group… We can expect high-quality football. That’s why we’re trying to be realistic. We target to have a good performance,” said Dorlas.
Having to face strong oppositions, the 30-year old Dutch-Filipino coach has a constant reminder for his junior booters.
“I keep reminding them that they are a group of talented football players. We just stay positive and keep encouraging each other that we have a chance,” said Dorlas.

Azkals updates

No friendly scheduled for Azkals before Asian Cup qualifying match against Yemen in Qatar on October 10.

Azkals will have a training camp in Doha from October 3.

Amani Aguinaldo , Misagh Bahadoran and Luke Woodland are all injured and doubtful for the match.

PFL Standlings Updated

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23 September 2017

PFL Sunday : Ceres-Negros Fc 1-0 Global Cebu FT

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Official Livestream :


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AFC U16 Championship Qualifiers in Myanmar

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Hundred plus teams join Cong. Fred Siao bootfest

MORE than a hundred teams have entered in the 2nd Congressman Freddie Siao Football Festival at the Ludo Football Field in Barangay Santiago, Iligan City. Sixty seven teams saw action yesterday in U10, U12, U14, U17, and Ladies Open categories yesterday while the same number of teams are also expected to join today in the Men’s Open and 35 above categories. No less than the lone representative of Iligan City in the Philippine Congress, Frederick Siao officially kicked off the festival with the president of the organizing club Amorseco FC, Ritchie Nuenay. The tournament is in line with Iligan’s 2017 Diyandi Festival to celebrate the feast of Iligan’s Patron St. Michael Archangel. The two-day open competition is also a project of the Iligan City government, the 2017 Diyandi Executive Management Board, City Tourism, and the City Sports office.

Teams from as far as Ginggoog City, Lanao del Norte, Lanao Del Sur, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro City, El Salvador City, are competing in the tournament. Trophies and medals were given to the winners in the 10 Under (2007) and 12 Under (2005) categories while cash prizes, trophies and medals will be given to the winners in the 17 Under (2000), Ladies Open, Men’s Open and Men’s 35 Above categories. Today’s Results: Ladies Open Champ FC 95 B 1st Runner-Up ICFC - A 2nd Runner-Up PJFC (Pagadian) Boys 17 Champ - CMU - A Kids 1st Runner-Up GA FC - A 2nd Runner-Up Kidchester U 10 Champ OLLES - A (camp philips ES) 1ST RUNNER-Up Fames (FC Baroy) 2nd Runner-Up OLLES B

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/sports/2017/09/24/hundred-plus-teams-join-cong-fred-siao-bootfest-565775

PFL : FC Meralco Manila 2-0 Davao Aguilas

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PFL : Kaya Fc Makati 4-0 Stallion Laguna

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PFL : JPV Marikina 1-2 Ilocos United

JPV Marikina vs Ilocos United

Start 4 pm
Binan Football Stadium

JPV Marikina starting XI: Otomo, Espinosa, Odawara, Angeles, Shimono, Belgira, Fadrigalan, Yanagawa, Kane, Mahmoud, Gasic

Substitutes: Tripulca, Basa, Elnar, Canedo, Baguioro, Celiz, Cutamora

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New format for AFF Suzuki Cup 2018

 BALI (23 Sept 2017) – A new format for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 was announced today following the 12th Council Meeting of the AFF that was held this morning in Bali.
Unlike previous editions where teams are based in two countries after being divided into two groups, this time round teams will play in a home and away basis.
Ten teams will still be divided into two groups but now they will play two matches at home and two matches on the road – depending on the outcome of the official draw.
In accordance with the latest rankings after the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, Timor Leste and Brunei will have to play in a qualifier – also home and away games.
The date of the two games will be on 3-11 September 2018 which is a FIFA calendar week.
The winner will then join the remaining nine teams to make two groups of five teams each.
Australia are not participating in the AFF Suzuki Cup.
The dates for the final round of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 will be on 8 November to 15 December 2018.

22 September 2017

Iligan City - Football Festival

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Documentary about Azkal Simone Rota set for premiere

After three years of interviews, research, and filming, the documentary “Journeyman Finds Home: The Simone Rota Story,”  will be unveiled at the Cine Europa 2017 Film Festival on Sunday, September 24, 2017.
This documentary made by Albert Almendralejo and Maricel Cariaga tells the inspiring tale of footballer Simone Rota who was born in the Philippines and was adopted by an Italian couple when he was a baby. 
As a little boy growing up in Milan, Italy, Simone learned to play football. His hard work and prowess earned him a place in an Italian professional football club. Simone later gave up his life in Italy to return to Philippines and play for Filipino clubs (Stallions FC and Ceres FC) and the Azkals, the Philippine Men’s National Football Team. His main reason for staying in the Philippines is to play football and to search for his biological mother.
“Journeyman” chronicles how the sport changed Simone’s life and led him to his roots.  
“Dreams do come true!” declares Simone who currently plays for Davao Aguilas FC. “I want to say a big thank you to everyone who made this project possible…I hope that the movie will be an inspiration.”
The sports documentary is the first venture directed by Albert Almendralejo who produced the football-themed docus “Little Azkals” and “Pangarap Kong World Cup,” and the feature films “Tumbang Preso” and “Bakal Boys.” Albert says that he was motivated to tell Simone’s story because it offers hope amid difficult times. “I have worked closely with him in promoting grassroots football " Albert says of Simone.  “and his life truly embodies determination in spite of the odds.” 
The version to be shown at Cine Europa 2017 is still a work-in-progress but very much presents the subject’s heart and soul. The docu, which was shot in Italy and the Philippines, includes interviews with Simone’s adoptive parents Maurizio and Marilena, Davao Aguilas FC teammates Phil and James Younghusband, and Sister May and Mother Flora (who were the nuns that took care of Simone as a baby).
“Journeyman” also shows the athlete’s more private side, such as his volunteer work at Buklod Kalinga, the orphanage where Simone was left as a baby by a young woman. 
“Journeyman Finds a Home: The Simone Rota Story,” is produced by SPEARS Films and Luna Studios. It is co directed by Maricel Cariaga, whose film "Seven Sacks of Rice" won recently the grand prize in the Aichi Women's International Film Festival. Award-winning screenwriter Clodualdo "Doy" del Mundo is the creative producer. The September 24 screening is part of the educational component of Cine Europa, the annual film festival of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, and is presented by the Philippine Italian Association (PIA), Shangri-La Cineplex, Davao Aguilas FC, and Puma. Theatrical release is being planned for December 2017.


PFL Weekend

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All eight PFL teams seeing action this weekend-

Can Ilocos United finally notch a win against JPV Marikina? Kaya FC hosts a steady Stallion Laguna in UMAK, while the Younghusband brothers revisit Rizal Memorial Stadium with the Aguilas to face their former club FC Meralco Manila to round off Saturday.

On Sunday, it's another Visayan affair as Ceres Negros host Global Cebu in Bacolod.

Look out for the games on livestream on these links:


JPV v ILOCOS https://mycujoo.tv/philippine-football-federation?id=9257 (KO 4:00PM)

KAYA v STALLION https://mycujoo.tv/philippine-football-federation?id=9253 (KO 4:00PM)

FC MERALCO v DAVAO https://mycujoo.tv/philippine-football-federation?id=9258 (KO 7:00PM)


CERES v GLOBAL https://mycujoo.tv/philippine-football-federation?id=9261 (KO 4:00PM)

21 September 2017

Announcement: September 23, JPV Marikina FC vs Ilocos United FC postponement revoked

PFL has released a statement revoking the deferment of the matches it has suspended last September 19.
Our game against Ilocos United FC on September 23 will continue as originally scheduled in Biñan Stadium at 4pm.

20 September 2017

Cebu head Malinay insists club "ready to face Laguna" as him, Nierras informed of match postponement at the last minute

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Hours before Global Cebu and Stallion Laguna were supposed to lock horns on Wednesday, the PFL announced the postponement of the said match.

However, Cebu's COO Josef Malinay and Laguna president and head coach Ernie Nierras claimed that they only found out about the announcement just when the two clubs were about to clash.

"They told us at around 3:15 when they sent an e-mail, 'Yes, it has been canceled. The decision is final,'" Nierras said.

"We were ready to face Stallion," Malinay added, even baring that one member of the supposed officiating crew actually came.

However, both Malinay and Nierras said that no one from the PFL came to explain the situation.

The confirmation came 45 minutes before the scheduled 4 p.m. kickoff, and both sides were already warming up for the game credited as a Cebu home game but had to be played at Manila's base at the Rizal Memorial Stadium due to the unavailability of the Cebu City Sports Center.

Nierras also said that when the PFL announced the postponement on its social media platforms, his players already left Biñan for Manila.

"We only found out [about the postponement] after the posting. We left Laguna by 11:30 (the time the postponement was announced), so by the time we found out about all these things, most of us were on our way to Rizal already," he said.

However, Nierras bared that the league already hinted about the postponement on Tuesday.

"Yesterday, we got an e-mail from the [Philippine Football] Federation informing us that they may defer the match for specific reasons. We had to ask them what the reasons are. We did not get any information from them the whole morning until we found out on Facebook that it was canceled," he relayed. "We're still confused."

Meanwhile, Malinay breathed a sigh of relief that the match did not take place at the Cebu City Sports Center as originally planned.

"Thank God that we both didn't travel there just for the match to be canceled," Malinay said. "Both clubs don't want this to happen."

The match was supposed to take place next week but was moved to Wednesday to give way to Cebu's RHB Singapore Cup series against Hougang.

On why CCSC was unavailable, Malinay reasoned, "For a 4 p.m. kickoff, we really can't get Abellana Sports Complex (the venue's former name)," considering its proximity to the Abellana National School, USC, and the Cebu City Central Elementary School.

Considering that it was supposed to be the second meeting between Rufo Sanchez and his former club, drama was expected in the game.

But with the game officially postponed, both Cebu and Laguna had to settle for a joint practice session, and Nierras said about it, "We had a good practice session. It's one of the few times that you would see two opposing teams practice at the same time."


PFL : Davao Aguilas 1-1 Ceres-Negros FT

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Cebu-Laguna match to be rescheduled

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Global Cebu and Stallion Laguna will have to wait a few more days before they can push through with their match.

The PFL announced the postponement of the scheduled showdown between the two sides at the Rizal Memorial Stadium hours before their scheduled 4 p.m. kickoff on Wednesday.

"We regret to inform you that today's match between Global Cebu FC and Stallion Laguna FC has been cancelled. The league will post updates with regards to the match in good time," the league said in a statement.

However, both sides said that they still pushed through with the pregame warm-ups and were ready to play until they were informed of the postponement.

"Global Cebu and Stallion Laguna regret to inform all stakeholders that our match scheduled today did not push through, in spite of both clubs present in the venue and ready to play. Furthermore, both clubs were present at all pre-match activities--match coordination meeting and pre-match press conference included," both clubs said in a joint statement.

The match was originally scheduled for next Wednesday but was moved a week earlier to give way to Cebu's RHB Singapore Cup showdown with Hougang.

However, the unavailability of the Cebu City Sports Center prompted both sides to have it instead at Rizal Memorial.

On the other hand, the other scheduled match for Wednesday, the Davao-Negros game in Tagum, pushed through as scheduled and is ongoing as of press time.

PFL : Global Cebu vs Stallion Laguna cancelled !

Philippines Football League sitt bilde.

We regret to inform you that today's match between Global Cebu FC and Stallion Laguna FC has been cancelled. The League will post updates with regards to the match in good time.
Thank you.

Global Cebu Fc :

"Global Cebu and Stallion Laguna regret to inform all stakeholders that our match scheduled today did not push through, in spite of both clubs present in the venue and ready to play. Furthermore, both clubs were present at all pre-match activities - match coordination meeting and pre-match press conference included.
We apologize to supporters of both our clubs for this incident, especially to those who spent their time, energy and money to attend live. We hope that these event...s out of our control would not happen in the future.
Rest assured that we will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure the success of Filipino Football. Thank you.
See you at the next match!"

19 September 2017

PFL Wednesday

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Global Cebu vs Stallion Laguna starting 7 pm , not 4 pm

Davao Aguilas vs Ceres-Negros Fc

Livestream link :


Pangasinan - 2nd Bolinao Super 7 Cup

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Come and Join!

2nd Bolinao Super 7 Cup
(7 aside Football tournament)
1,000.00php Registration Fee/ Team
10 players per team

November 4, 2017
Narciso Ramos Sports & Civic Center Football Field
Lingayen, Pangasinan


San Pedro Laguna - Coach's Cup Football Festival

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Please join us on September 30 for the Coach's Cup to be held in San Pedro Laguna, Stonecrest Football field. Deadline for registration is on September 23,2017. Map to the venue may be found in the comments section. Thank you!

Laguna -Ignite Football Cup

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The Ignite Football Cup is on its way!
Saturday September 30, 2017 at The Grounds @ The Junction in Carmeltown (Near Nuvali) Contact us at +639157431475
Under 7 Born 2010-2011 5-aside 8AM to 1PM
Under 9 Born 2008-2009 7-aside 8AM to 1PM
Under 11 Born 2006-2007 7-aside 8AM to 1PM
Under 13 Born 2004-2005 7-aside 8AM to 1PM
Under 15 Born 2002-2003 7-aside 1PM to 6PM
Mixed Open 7-aside 1PM to 6PM
Limited spots available.
Brought you by: Ignite Sports Group, Chris Sports, Carmelray Group, SKLZ Philippines, Select Player's Choice
Sanctioned by the: Laguna Football Association


Days removed from their weekend encounter, Ceres-Negros FC travels to Mindanao to face Davao Aguilas FC in their home turf on Sept 20 in Tagum City. The Busmen scored a 3-1 victory over the Aguilas last Sunday at the Rizal Memorial.
It was an interesting matchup as the Aguilas paraded their star signings over the ASEAN Zone winners of the AFC Cup. The Negros squad took on the challenge and dominated possession in the first half. Poor finishing however hampered their performance as they led by only one goal in the at the halftime break courtesy of Fernando Rodriguez.
The busmen shifted into a higher gear in the second half when Bienvenido Marañon doubled the advantage minutes from the restart. It became an open game thereafter with Davao chasing to salvage a point. Both teams struggled to convert until Jeffrey Christaens put the game beyond contention with a well-worked goal three minutes from time. Davao’s Harrison Sawyer put the the Aguilas in the scoresheet as Ceres-Negros completed its second win over the Mindanao squad this season.
The news of the victory however was overshadowed days later with the sacking of then Aguilas Coach Gary Phillips. The Australian was replaced by team consultant and National U22 Coach Marlon Maro. Though changes on the opponent may mean a rejuvenation in their play, Ceres-Negros will keep its focus on the task at hand and aim for a good result.
“We won the last game but its difficult for us because its our third game over the last eight days and most of our players are tired already,” said Assistant Coach Ian Treyes. “We will move on with our games and utilize some of our players. We’ll try to play our game and just concentrate on our tactics,” he added.
Ceres newcomer and Mindanao-native Joshua Dutosme shared the same sentiment as the assistant coach. “For me we need to win tomorrow game because its an away game. Last game we had a good team performance but that’s finished already. Now were focused for tomorrows game. We’ll stick to the game plan, follow it, and focus on teamwork for tomorrow,” said the Ceres defender.
A revitalized Davao squad is expected to show up in the Davao Del Norte Sports complex as they fight for survival in the chase for a slot in the final series. The home team would need wins from the current top four to trim the deficit in the remaining games of the regular league season.
Ceres meanwhile is keen to secure points as they are also aiming to maintain their mastery over the southern squad. The match will kickoff at 4PM in Tagum City with a capacity crowd expected in the stadium. A livestream for the match will be available via the PFF Mycujoo channel.

13 September 2017

12 September 2017

Istiklol ends Ceres-Negros’ historic AFC Cup run in Panaad stalemate

By Lorenzo del Carmen
All sporting journeys must end in either glory or defeat. In the case of Ceres-Negros Football Club, a shot at continental silverware has run its course, as they drew 1-1 against FC Istiklol of Tajikistan.
The Busmen exit the 2017 AFC Cup with an aggregate score of 1-5 against the 2015 finalists, although that should not diminish the fantastic achievement made by the home side in getting this far in the competition.
Down 0-4 after the first leg, Ceres had no choice but to go all guns blazing in order to pull off another magical night at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod. Istiklol were content to sit deep and spring a counterattack, which they did very well.
Time was gold for the home side, and it took the Busmen 33 minutes to get a goal back. Istiklol’s defense repelled anything Ceres threw at it in open play. It took a Manny Ott corner kick to breach the away club’s defense, as an alert Manuel Herrera headed the ball into the Istiklol net.
Rather than be stunned, the goal seemed to awaken Istiklol from their slumber. The Crowns shifted gears and would have scored sooner if not for some fine saves from Ceres goalie Roland Muller. Unfortunately, Ceres’ defense was caught ball watching, as an unmarked Dmitry Barkov shot past Muller to level the scores in first half stoppage time.
If Ceres had a mountain to climb before the game, then they had to fly to the moon in the second half. But that flight did not take off soon enough, as striker Fernando Rodriguez squandered a big chance with the goal at his mercy after the restart.
Ultimately, no miracle happened. Istiklol goalkeeper Nikola Stosic was a brick wall at the heart of Istiklol’s defense.
Bienvenido Maranon and Iain Ramsay tried their luck to no avail. Not even Artem Baranovskyi’s 69th minute red card for booting Kevin Ingreso on the face can signal a comeback.
Ceres have been eliminated in the inter-zonal semi-finals with a 1-1 draw and a 1-5 aggregate loss to Istiklol, but the Southeast Asian champions have much to be proud of in their magical run.

Ceres XI: Muller (GK), Kawase, Herrera, Ingreso, Marañon, Ott, Rodriguez, Porteria, Ramsay, Schrock, De Murga ©
Istiklol XI: Stosic (GK), Asrorov, Mawutor, Baranovskyi, Jahongir, Barkov, Fathuloev ©, Nazarov, Juraboev, Stetsenko, Dzhalilov

YouTube : AFC CUP / Ceres Negros FC vs FC Istiklol / 12.09.2017

Dipolog Football Festival , October 7 and 8

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AFC Cup : Ceres-Negros 1-1 FC Istiklol (Tajikistan)

Ceres: Mission possible vs Tajiks


BACOLOD CITY—Southeast Asian zone champion Ceres-Negros tries to pull off the improbable when they host Istiklol of Tajikistan on Tuesday in the second leg of their AFC Cup inter-zone semifinal clash at Panaad Stadium.
Beaten 0-4 in Dushanbe three weeks ago by the Tajik champions, the Busmen would need some sort of miracle to stay in the title hunt in the competition.
The Busmen, who ruled the Asean zone at the expense of Singapore’s Home United, are unbeaten at home in this year’s AFC Cup, but the match will be their biggest test yet not only because of the strength of the opposition, but also because of the deficit they are facing.

Ceres goalkeeper Roland Muller isn’t ruling out a mighty fightback from the Busmen.
“Coming back from 4-0 is not easy but it’s not impossible,” said Muller. “We know what we did right and what we did wrong in the first leg. We’re playing at home so that should be a big boost for us.”
The Busmen yielded twice in each half in Dushanbe as Istiklol capitalized on some poor defending from the Filipino side.
“We were very soft defensively and we conceded easy goals,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic, referring to their performance in the Tajik capital. “But this is football and anything can happen [on Tuesday night].”
Spanish central defender Super Herrera returns from suspension, while Martin Steuble looks fit to start at rightback, giving the back line some stability and experience.
“My players are ready to give everything,” added Vidakovic.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/264615/ceres-mission-possible-vs-tajiks#ixzz4sPY1yN8i

11 September 2017

U18: Myanmar blast Philippines to go second

YANGON (11 Sept 2017) – Myanmar blasted the Philippines 7-0 to keep in touch with aspirants Indonesia for a place in the next round of the AFF Under-18 Championship here in Yangon.
With Vietnam having secured their place in the semi-finals this year, the pressure was on Myanmar to keep up the pace alongside Indonesia from Group B.
And while it may have taken a while, actually the whole of the first half of the encounter at the Thuwunna Stadium, the floodgates finally opened just six minutes into the restart.
“It was very hard at the start. We were playing under a lot of pressure and that made it difficult at the start,” said Myat Kaung Khant. “But we still managed to win big at the end and that was important.”
The return of suspended keeper Quincy Kammeraad gave the Philippines a lot of confidence as they thwarted a string of Myanmar attempts.
But with the pace picking up in the second half, it was obvious that the lack of fitness was telling on the Philippines side.
And in the 51st minute, the Philippines goal was finally breached when Htet Phyoe Wai ran in down the left for Pyae Sone Naing to score.
Two quick goals later – Win Naing Tun (56th and 63rd minute) ensured the that game is already over as a competition with Myanmar adding further goals through Kaung Khant hat trick (74th, 76th and 90th).
The other goal was scored by Naing Tun in the 85th minute.
“We could only matched them in the first half but the second, the lack of fitness was telling,” added Philippins head coach Jose Aberasturi.

PFL : Davao Aguilas vs Ceres moved to Manila

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Match Update: Davao Aguilas FC vs Ceres Negros FC will be played in Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila due to venue unavailability in Davao del Norte.

10 September 2017

Melliza insists four-goal showing not signal sent to Dooley after Azkals snub

By Ivan Saldajeno

BIÑAN--Jhan-Jhan Melliza was arguably the most notable player who missed the cut for the Azkals' pool for their ACQ match against Yemen on Tuesday.

Entering the Azkals break, the Laguna striker blasted eight goals in total.

As the PFL returned to play this past weekend, the former FEU star added four to his goal count in just one night, lifting his team to a 5-0 mauling of Ilocos at the Biñan Football Stadium.

Melliza, however, told Dugout Philippines that his double brace was not meant to persuade national team coach Thomas Dooley to take him in.

"Wala naman po yun (the snub). Supported ko naman po ang Azkals," he said.

He even called on his fans to trust Dooley's system.

"Suportahan na lang po natin kung ano talaga ang plano ni Coach Dooley," Melliza continued.

However, he expressed his readiness should a future national team call-up ensues.

"Kung mabigyan ako ng opportunity, iga-grab ko yun," Melliza further said.