29 December 2018

Ilonggo Bedic leads Azkals in AFC Asian Cup

 Adrian Stewart Co

MANILA – Ilonggo Jovin Bedic earned himself another national team callup as he is set to lead the 23-man Philippine Azkals in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup starting next month in United Arab Emirates.
This will be the fifth straight national men’s football stint for the Iloilo City native Bedic following his callups in the Bahrain and Oman friendly matches, Bangabandhu Cup in Bangladesh and the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.
The Kaya Iloilo FC mainstay was also iconic in his Suzuki Cup stint when he scored the game-tying goal for the Azkals in their group stage match with Thailand that paved the way for their entry in the tournament’s semifinals round.
Also tapped by Azkals head coach Sven Goran Eriksson were Curt Dizon, Patrick Reichelt, Stephan Schrock, Mike Ott, Manny Ott, Kevin Ingreso, Paul Mulders, and Carlie de Murga from Ceres Negros.
Others in the roster are Bedic’s teammates at Kaya Iloilo in Nathaniel Ace Villanueva, Miguel Tanton and Davao San Miguel Aguilas’ Philip and James Younghusband.
There are also international players called up in Michael Falkesgaard, Stephan Palla, Alvaro Silva, Kevin Ray Hansen, Daisuke Sato, Adam Tull, Luke Woodland, John-Patrick Strauss, Javier Patino and Iain Ramsay.
The Azkals, which reached the AFC Asian Cup for the first time after topping the group stage in the qualifier, was drawn in Group C along with powerhouse squads South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan.
“No easy group for a debutant in this competition. We will have to be in our best form, and, for this, the best preparation is needed,” Azkals team manager Dan Palami said in a statement./PN


  1. Where is Martin Steuble?

  2. What a misleading headline! Complete exaggeration! Quite clearly they're overrating him as usual! They make it seem like he's first choice or like he's some important player and that he'll "lead" the national team at the tournament. Ridiculous!

  3. Ok lang yan atleast may homegrown write din minsan para mabigyan naman nang motivation sila at yung susunod sa yapak ni Bedic. Hindi lahat ng Foreign born pinoy ay super na kagaling. Overhype din kayo minsan kumbaga dahil mestizo hindi na kayang i out perform ng locals natin. Insecure lang ang nag komento against Bedic.

    1. The only people who are "insecure" are people like you! You keep harping on about how players like Bedic should be in the team. When they're not, you complain, and when they are you make it seem like they're world class.

      You don't put a certain player in the national team just for the sake of giving motivation to the next generation of homegrown players. Their want to be better players and their want to be an international should be the only motivation that's needed.

    2. Kahit pa dumugo yang nguso mo sa.kadada wala ka nang magawa dahil ang coach ang nag decision na ipasok si Bedic sa line up. Ako pa ngayon ang insecure? Ako ba nagpost ng blog na yan? May tupak ka yata eh!! LOL!!

    3. There is no good player for this guy even the foreign based players like Etheridge and is a contrarian. Bedic is a local regional player, no one is under the illusion that he is a superstar and is just being higlighted by the Panay newspaper since he is one of their own.

  4. Stupid insecure people!

  5. Happy for Bedic. I hope to see more local players in the squad.