07 September 2017

U18: Indonesian goal fest over Philippines

YANGON (7 Sept 2017) – Indonesia made it a goal fest on the fourth match day in Group B of the AFF Under-18 Championship when they blasted the Philippines 9-0 in the late game at the Thuwunna Stadium.
With Vietnam having crushed Brunei DS 8-1 in an earlier tie, the Indonesians followed it up with another big win as the spectators enjoyed a total of 18 goals being scored over two matches.
“I am just grateful for the six points from two matches,” said Indonesian head coach Indra Sjafri. “I don’t think that we have a striker problem as afterall, we scored nine goals in this game.”
With the rain letting up just before kick-off, it allowed both teams to play some decent football as Indonesia kept up their winning performance from the first match over hosts Myanmar with another confident appearance.
It was an all-attacking side which took to the field and before long, the Philippines were feeling the tremendous pressure from all sides as they would soon realised that it was going to be a long, long night.
Feby Eka Putra cracked open the scoring with a dipping shot from 20metres in the eight minute as Egy Maulana Vikri then added the second goal when he pounced on a loose ball in the 22nd minute.
Muhammad Iqbal then grabbed the third goal with a shot from inside the box as Indonesia shrugged off a missed penalty from Asnawi Mangkualam Putra in the 31st minute to continue pressing the Philippines.
A second penalty seven minutes later saw Egy making good from the spot as Indonesia then trooped off into the dressing room confident with Iqbal adding the fifth goal of the game five minutes before the break.
The several changes in the second half changed the pace of the match as the Philippines managed to find the cracks to push forward.
But in spite of the chances presented, Marcel Ouano and Fidel Tacardon just could not find the final touch to beat Indonesian keeper Muhammad Riyandi.
Indonesia finally added to their tally through Feby’s brace (68th and 87th minute) before Philippines goalkeeper Quincy Kammeraad was red carded for pulling Muhammad Rafli Mursalim inside the box a minute to the end.
Rafli then blasted in the penalty himself as substitute Resky Fandi Witriawan finished things off right at the end.
“The plan was to hold Indonesia but we just did not do enough,” said Philippines head coach Jose Aberasturi. “We were tactically lacking against a strong Indonesian side.”


  1. Wala, puro basketball program kasi sinusuportahan. Talagang di magiging competitive ang football dito sa pinas. Kaya di mo masisi yung MNT na kumuha ng mga half pinoy.

    1. Yes, kung bibigyan pa ng mas attention yung football sa youth level tulad yung sa UAAP. Yung sa basketball established na kahit collegiate at high school by coverage.

      Kung MNT at lalo na yung sa youth at women's team limited yung coverage kahit international tournament.

  2. We need a foreign mentor as head coach of the national youth teams. Clearly our local coaches are ill equipped, Caligdong lacks experience to coach in the national level, and the long time coaches are stuck with old techniques

    1. Or if budget is limited, hire experience coaches from our neighbors, Thailand, Myanmar or Vietnam. Doesn't have to be an expensive coach from Europe. There is no shame in learning from outsiders. Our neighbors has been doing the same for basketball, they hire Pinoy coaches even though some of them have local but less experienced coaches.

    2. The PFF should have known better cause Aris Caslib men are incapable of coaching our Youth Teams. Brunei now has a Japanese Coach thats why they beat us for the first time in many Youth games. Coach Mari also prefers NU players because he wants to give them exposures even if they lack high level of Football games for the past 5-6 months prior to AFF U18 championship. He prefers born 2000 players when the cut off year was born 1999 and to think we have very good and experienced players in that age group with the likes of Lorenzo Genco, Gio Pabualan, Gavin del Rosario, Jovan Marfiga and Roa of Cebu. Both of those guys played very good football in Kaya U19 last summer and even today in the WFL. But Mari snubbed them and preferred to call in his NU squad who is very inexperienced in international duties. he chooses 5 San Beda where Aris is from, 2 Fil Foreigners, 1 UP and I De La Salle Zobel player. His idea is only to contain Indonesia where he graduated as top student of AFC A license course by Aris and Maro. I think this guy is only good in theory but very poor in application since this is his 3rd year as a Youth Team head coach.

    3. Aris Caslib is a no good coach and mentor. If he really cares about Philippine Football he should resign and let the best of the best coaches and players represent our Beloved country the PHILIPPINES. He is monopolizing the Philippine football with his connections in that field. and offering coaching slots to his men who is also incapable to lead the national team. Its proven we have never been a top contender in youth football for so long. So why not change it?

      National coaches always say "this is a learning experience for us...." when they always loose! For the love of football and the country's sake! we should learned by now, we have been loosing for a very long time, and the score margin is becoming worse!so it means we are not improving with the leadership of this (Self proclaimed)top guys in the PFF.

      i was also wondering why Mari never had tune up games with clubs or teams as the same age as his national team?... if he looses, with the players that he snubed or cut, it would be a slap to his ego! and ma bubuking po sya, na he is not selecting the best of the best!

    4. Aris Caslib resign!!! Hindi nag improve ang Philippine Football under sa Technical Dictatorship mo!!!

  3. Makes no difference with foreign coach.
    When clubs and PFF keep busy recruiting fil-foreign and throw out youth development this is what happen.
    Look at ceres, how many locals born play for ceres.
    Come go get teenagers fil-foreign to play for youth team.
    The father of fil-foreign strategy palami can spear head this also.

    1. look at jpv, kaya, stallions, loyola look how they trust and develop our local talents. ceres, global, davao are just buying fil foreign players

  4. Putang ina kahiya hiya

    1. BOBO kasi yan si Mari! na tutu lang siguro mag football tong coach na to sa Play Station or xbox. tapos akala na niya pwede na yun, stupid coach