31 March 2012

Bohol FA - New PFF member

Bohol Football Association (BOHFA) is proud to inform all football clubs/teams and all BOHFA friends that our Philippine Football Federation membership has been approved by Mr. Mariano Araneta PFF President.

CFA gets new officers

By Cheska D. Geli
Saturday, March 31, 2012

THE general elections of the Cebu Football Association pushed through despite the risk of it being sanctioned by the Philippine Football Federation of declaring it null and void.

The election yesterday at the Sarrosa International allowed both regular and probationary members to vote.

The elections didn’t go smooth as planned with some football clubs contesting of procedure in the selection of the board’s list of voting members.

Originally, the board presented 25 voting members, saying only the 25 qualified in their criteria—having paid in full the membership fee, participated in the CFA-organized Aboitiz Cup and of being a member of good standing.

As the board was about to create the ad hoc committee for elections, a concern was raised by Queen City United representative Atty. Julius Entise regarding his group not making in the list and eventually questioned the validity of the voting criteria.

“We should determine first who are qualified to vote before creating a voting body,” Entise said.

CFA outgoing president Richard Montayre said that Queen City United is under Cebu Amateur Football Club and is the club’s official football team.

But CAFC member Raffy Musni stood up and said that in the last elections, QCU and CAFC had separate votes and questioned why they are singling out QCU this time.

This moved Entise to propose a motion declaring the CFA list of voting members null and that was unanimously voted by the body, 23-0.


As the next move was to set for the voting criteria, Entise opposed Montayre who was laying the criteria saying that the general assembly can replace the board as he referred to the by-laws.

Entise once again proposed another motion to allow all clubs present to vote.

Since it was also unanimously voted, 23-1, it disregarded the CFA voting criteria which meant even probationary members got the chance to vote.

From 25 voting members, it increased to 43 clubs.

And from the list of 28 nominees, only 20 accepted the nomination and among those who declined to run were Montayre and Eleazer Toledo.

The top five vote getters who are to serve four-year terms are Engr. Rodney Orale (32 votes), CAFC members Ricky Dakay (29), Musni (28), Glenn Quisido and Sacred Heart Ateneo de Cebu athletic director Rico Navarro who both got 27.

Nimrod Quiñones and Michael Veloso, Joey Herrera and University of San Jose-Recoletos also got elected to the board and will serve two-year terms.

Except for Engr. Orale, all the new officers were nominated by the Cebu Amateur Football Club.

Dakay, Musni and Quiñones have also served the CFA board in previous terms.

The new board will be given a month to elect the president and other committee head and to present the new budget before a congress and on May 1.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 01, 2012.

USC wins Aboitiz Under 19

By Cheska D. Geli
Saturday, March 31, 2012

UNIVERSITY of San Carlos overcome powerhouse Don Bosco Technical Center, 1-0, in the championship match of the under-19 of the 14th Aboitiz Cup.

Bright Acadmey’s Renko Gaudiel of Bright Academy scored the lone goal in the 15th minute of the first half and after Joeford Dolino was sent off, USC still managed to held on to the lead.

Head coach Gary Panagsagan and assistant coach Joshua Fegidero said their players have the advantage in condition since the team is preparing for the Private Schools Regional Atheltic Association national meet.

“We are preparing for the Prisaa that’s why we really played well in the finals,” Panagsagan said.

QCU routs Lions, 4-1, in UFL

By Mike T. Limpag
Saturday, March 31, 2012

CEBU Queen City United routed Lions Meltique Beef FC, 4-1, to solidify its hold of the third spot at the end of the first round of the United Football League Division 2.

Rommel Cuizon and newly-signed Ariel Cahilig got the first two goals for Queen City before the Lions scored late in the first half for a 2-1 score.

In the second half, it was all Queen City as they added two more goals for the final tally.

Queen City now has 25 points on an 8-1-2 record and has not lost in its last seven matches.

After playing 11 matches, all Division 2 teams will meet anew for the second round and the top-ranked team will be promoted to the first division, replacing the bottom ranked team.

Pachanga, the last team to beat Queen City, leads the table with 31 points after drawing second placer Diliman in its last match, while Agila FC is fourth with 21 and Laos is fifth with 15.

Meanwhile, in Div. 1, Global FC whipped Kaya FC, 5-1, to improve to 21 points after nine matches, while Loyola drew Air Force, 3-3, for second place with 19 points. However, Loyola has a game at hand.

The UFL will take a break for the Holy Week and will resume action in two weeks.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 01, 2012.

Air Force stalls Loyola; Global takes top spot

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Defending champion Air Force scored two goals in injury time to salvage a. dramatic 3-3 draw against Loyola Meralco Saturday night and move up to fifth in. the United Football League at the University of Makati.

National team striker Ian Araneta capped the Airmen’s sprited fightback with a 95th minute strike just three minutes after substitute Joebel Bermejo put the defending champions within one goal.

“We needed this result and we wanted to prove that we’re not a team of has-beens,” said Araneta in Filipino.

The Airmen won just two of their first six matches heading into the game, while the Sparks were in flying form with four straight victories.

“This is a big confidence boost for us. Hopefully, this could be the start of something big for Air Force.”

The draw prevented Loyola from dislodging No. 1 Global, which produced a brilliant attacking display in the 5-1 demolition of Kaya.

Carli de Murga struck twice, after Val Kama and Izo El-Habbib found the back. of the net as Global notched its fifth straight win, putting the Dan Palami-coached side on top with 21 points.

De Murga also forced the own goal from Adrian Semblat in the 79th minute in a thorough domination of the side that came into the match heralded as the league’s best defensive team.

Loyola dropped to second with 19 points with a match in hand, while Kaya absorbed its second defeat in eight matches.

In a rematch of the UFL Cup finals won by Air Force, the Sparks took a comfortable 3-1 lead into added time after an 82nd minute goal from Phil Younghusband, who also opened the scoring 13 minutes into the match.

But the highly physical match that also saw seven yellow cards turned when James Younghusband was sent off for a needless nudge on Herbert Bayona on an off-the-ball play and Air Force was quick to capitalize.

Chieffy Caligdong found Bermejo at the far post and the right winger bundled it into the roof of the goal.

Bermejo was also involved in the equalizer as his through ball found Araneta, who held off Jeong Byeong-yeol before firing low past Ref Cuaresma for eighth goal in the last four matches.

Araneta first equalized in the 23rd minute as his 25-yard free kick from a tight angle found the top corner.

But Mark Hartmann also curled in a free kick five minutes later, before Air Force was rewarded with a penalty at the stroke of halftime after Cuaresma fouled Araneta inside the box. Cuaresma saved Randy Bela-ong’s penalty, preserving the lead for the Sparks at halftime.


PFF U23 - Cebu vs Iloilo

PFF Suzuki U23 National Cup: Qualifying Round Cebu FA vs Iloilo FA Aboitiz Field, Cebu City

"Meanwhile, the Cebu Football Association bowed to Iloilo Football Association, 1-0, in its home game in Suzuki Cup at the Aboitiz Sportsfield.

IFA’s Vincent Blancada banked a goal in the 64th minute.

CFA suffered its first loss in the tournament and now holds 1-1-1 win, loss and draw record. It was Iloilo’s first win after losing to Negros Occidental last week.

IFA will try to extend its win as it faces Leyte Football Association on Monday at Leyte Sportsfield."

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 01, 2012.

UFL - Saturday`s matches - Global Fc win !

March 31, 2012

Kaya FC 1-5 Global FC
2:00 pm University of Makati (UMak)

Kaya starting line-up: Garmaroudi, Sabio, Anton Del Rosario, Beloya, Semblat, Romero, Burkey, Dagroh, Mallari, Omura, Moy

Kaya subs: Munoz, Rizaei, Armand Del Rosario, Camcam, Boley, Ubiam, Kigbu

Global starting line-up: Guisso, Bahadoran, Izo Elhabbib, De Murga, Kama, Basa, Juani Guirado, Etoundi, Barbaso, Hoshide, Reichelt

Global subs: Palami, Ayi, Ghasemi, Badz Elhabbib, Angel Guirado, Obiang, Maravilla

6 min 0-1 Valentine Kama (Global Fc)
9 min 1-1 Eric Dagroh (Kaya Fc)
25 min 1-2 Izo El Habbib (Global Fc)
1-3 Carli de Murga (Global Fc)

1-3 HT

1-4 Semblat (own goal)
1-5 Carli de Murga (Global FC)


Loyola Meralco Sparks FC 3-3 Phil. Air Force Phoenix FC
4:00 pm University of Makati (UMak)

Loyola Meralco Sparks starting line-up: Cuaresma, Ozaeta, Gonzales, Phil Younghusband, Dorlas, James Younghusband, Kim, Cortina, Jeong, Mark Hartmann

Loyola Meralco Sparks bench: Versario, Cutamora, Morallo, Elnar, Borja, Camara, Vorbeck

Philippine Air Force Phoenix starting line-up: Harold Bayona, Montillano, Jaugan, Tonog, Barsales, Mercado, Herbert Bayona, Araneta, Ballo-Allo, Jalsor Soriano, Bulaquina

Philippine Air Force Phoenix bench: Bela-Ong, Martin Doctora, Caligdong, Palmes, Tomodos, Bermejo, Benitez

1-0 Phil Younghusband
1-1 Ian Araneta
2-1 Mark Hartmann

2-1 HT

3-1 Phil Younghusband
3-2 Joebel Bermejo
3-3 Ian Araneta

Cebu Queen City United FC 4-1 Lions Meltique Beef FC
6:00 pm University of Makati (UMak)

4-1 FT

30 March 2012

Davao eyes keeping U23 PFF-Suzuki Minda title

By Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan

Friday, March 30, 2012

DEFENDING champion Davao Football Association (Davao FA) will open its title-retention bid when it plays Davao del Norte at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the start of the PFF–Suzuki U23 Mindanao championships-Southern Mindanao Qualifying Tournament at the E-Park Field in Tagum City.

Multi-titled head coach Ramonito "Lalas" Carreon said the Medvil Football Club-bannered Davao squad is ready to repeat their victory last year.

"We are prepared. The players' training went well but we cannot underestimate our opponents," Carreon, who was attending the Kasibulan Instructors' Course in San Carlos City Friday, texted Sun.Star Davao in the vernacular.

He, however, said players from the University of Mindanao have been missing practices as they are also preparing for the National Prisaa Collegiate Games slated April 22 to 28 in Cebu City.

The veteran coach also said Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley are strong teams that may give them a stiffer contest this year.

The three teams will play a home-and-away format of competition in the regional qualifying. The squad with the most number of points will represent the region to the Mindanao finals that Davao City also topped last year.

Carreon picked Dominador Tato IV, Roeder Stephen Ignacio, Dean Mark Galleto, Sean Clarke Labang, Renz Rhey Napuran, Renelle Pino, Mark Paul Dayanan, Imardino Polo, Khadafi Biruar, Roland Manabit, Frances Jay Abrasaldo, Roelfred Napuran, David Angelo Diamante, Patrick Asoque, Jay Francis Abalunan, Michael Nehemiah Simms, Jacinth Ibanez, Raymon Paredo, Jomar Acedo, Yoshiharu Koizumi, Jestoni Felipe, Malon Demapanag, Jerrard Bierneza, Michael Pantojan, Danilo Lacuesta Jr., and Amani Aguinaldo to comprise the Rafael "Pops" Vilela-managed Davao City team before he left for San Carlos City.

Alvic Troyo and Michael Jay Fernandez will serve as assistant coaches.

Davao City will host Davao del Norte on April 22 before playing Comvaleños at their home turf on April 8. Dabawenyos will then play Comval at Tionko field on May 6.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 31, 2012.

Limpag: Will we see the end of factionalism in CFA?

By Mike T. Limpag

Fair Play

Friday, March 30, 2012

I THOUGHT Cebu Football Association president Richard Montayre was joking when he told me last week he saw my names among the nominees for today’s CFA elections, so I didn’t really pay that much attention.

Imagine my surprise when I learned Richard wasn’t joking and I’m really one of the nominees.

To whoever nominated me, thanks, but no thanks.

I am withdrawing the nomination, since, one, I have no business being with the CFA board, it raises a lot of conflicts of interests and two, just because I have a column on football doesn’t mean I should be in the board.

What am I supposed to do there? Pester Dan Palami daily until he makes Cebu his permanent home?

That doesn’t mean, of course, a journalist isn’t qualified to sit on the board, as three others—including one I unabashedly said I’d support a few columns back—are nominated.

Yes, I love the sport and I want to see the CFA succeed but I rather like my current role and besides, I think I can serve local football better doing what I’ve always done—writing about it, criticizing things I don’t like and praising the CFA for things I liked.

Aside from my name, I was also surprised to see Richard and Bro. Mari Aberasturi among the list of nominees, since the last time we talked about the elections, it seems they’d rather run a 160K ultra than run in one.

Perhaps they had a change of mind or perhaps, like me, they didn’t know they were nominated?

As for me, guys who didn’t know they were nominated shouldn’t be running because there is so much at stake in today’s elections, there’s no room for surprise nominees or double talk. Guys who are nominated should be those who are ready to take the job, not those who get a nasty surprise when they see the list of nominees.

Anyway, whoever gets elected today, I hope they will get the support of the community.

The last four years weren’t exactly rosy for the sport because of the factions and another four years of that is what we DON’T need. I’d rather run the 160K than go through four more years of infighting.

Despite the infighting, we’ve made some strides. Imagine the things Cebu football could have done if the community had been united.

So good luck with today’s elections and I hope the CFA gets a fresh start and support
of the community it serves.

And oh, in case you missed my point, I’m not running.

UFL. Aside from the elections, another thing to look forward to today is the UFL action in Manila—Global vs. Kaya, and Loyola vs. Philippine Air Force.

Global, Kaya and Loyola all have 18 points and are only separated by goal difference, 21 for Loyola, 13 for Global and 8 for Kaya.

UFL Cup winners Air Force is seventh with seven points and could vault to fifth with an upset over Loyola.

Cebu Queen City, too, has a 6 p.m. match against the Lions, which sits second to the last in Division 2, and I see another rout for the Cebuanos.

A win for Cebu will boost its hold of the third spot in Division 2, before they take on the leaders Pachanga and Diliman anew in the second round of matches.

By the way, I’m interested who Dan Palami will list as his sub keeper in today’s game as his starting keeper, Paolo Pascual, is on a six-week rest and Global only has Jerome Etoundi as the other keeper. And according to their former coach, Etoundi has two red cards in three starts.

I wonder how Carli de Murga would fare against Nate Burkey?


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 31, 2012

CFA to hold elections today

By Cheska D. Geli

Friday, March 30, 2012

FOOTBALL coaches, aficionados, tournament organizers and columnists make up the list of the 27 nominees in the Cebu Football Associations elections on March 31 at Sarrosa International Hotel.

Leading the list are Don Bosco Technical Center coaches Glen Ramos and Bro. Jose Maria Aberasturi.

Tournament organizers of the upcoming 1st Bro Football Cup Keith Buyco and Rodney Orale also made it to the list as well as Thirsty Cup prime mover Chad Songalia.

Current CFA officials Eugene Ynclino III, Richard Montayre, Eleazar Toledo also received nominations despite Montayre and Toledo having announced that they won’t seek another term.

Officers of the Cebu Amateur Football club Ricky Dakay, Glen Quisido and Raffy Musni were also nominated.

Football columnists Nimrod Quiñones, Rico Navarro and Noel Villaflor were also considered.

Other nominees were Leo Dizon, Fr. Jhun Paradiang, Dido Aviles, Nito Tapia, Antonio Moraza, Allan Nuñez, Evan Ancajas, Tirso Ramon Roa, Antonio Trebol, Michael Veloso, Joselito Herrera, Heinz Kuiueke and John Torrefiel.

There will be 28 member-clubs that will vote and the CFA said the number was based on the active schools and clubs that were able to join the Aboitiz Football Cup, a CFA-organized tournament in partnership with Aboitiz, for the past two years.

Only the nine who will get the most number of votes will serve in the board of directors. The top five will sit for four years, while the sixth to ninth placers will have two-year terms.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 31, 2012.

Kaya, Global, Loyola eye lead

Kaya FC and Global FC clash for the lead even as Loyola Meralco Sparks guns for a share of it against reigning League and Cup champion Air Force Phoenix in today’s resumption of the United Football League’s First Division at the University of Makati field in Makati City.

Tied with 18 points, Kaya and Global collide at 2 p.m. while the star-studded Loyola side tries to get back at Cup tormentor Air Force in their much-anticipated duel at 4 p.m.

It will be an explosive twinbill with the four teams, backstopped by members of the Azkals, all tipped to contend for the crown.

Loyola will be bannered by the prolific brothers Phil and James Younghusband, who combined for a league-leading 17 goals, while Air Force will be led by Chieffy Caligdong and Ian Araneta.

Kaya, for its part, has Jason Sabio and Lexton Moy aside from the injured Aly Borromeo while Global boasts of the combo of Misagh Bahadoran, Carlos de Murga and Fil-Spanish siblings Juani and Angel Guirado.

While Kaya, Global and Loyola are on top of the heap, Air Force is struggling at joint sixth with the Green Archers United with seven points behind Army Fritz & Macziol FC with eight points and No. 4 Stallion Gilligan’s FC with 13 points.

In the lone Second Division match, Cebu Queen City United meets Lions Meltque Beef FC at 6 p.m.

The Cebuanos are seeking to firm up their hold of No. 3 with 22 points and close the gap between them and the pacesetting Pachanga FC with 31 points and Diliman Victory Liner FC with 29 points while the Lions are looking to come out of a tie for No. 10 with Manila All-Japan FC with seven points apiece to a share of Dolphins United FC at No. 9 with 10 points.


Chieffy: Air Force is the Ginebra of UFL

By Alder Almo

When Chieffy Caligdong scores, fans roar in approval. When Mark Caguioa scores, three fourths of the Big Dome goes wild.

Caligdong can zigzag his way to the goal the way Caguioa slashes to the basket.

The Philippine Azkals co-captain and Air Force midfielder pictures himself as "The Spark" in football.

"Si Mark (Caguioa), ‘pag gustong umiskor dire-diretso yan. Parang ako, ganun din sa field," said Caligdong, a self-confessed Brgy. Ginebra, when he appeared in the PBA AKTV Center last night.

Caligdong actually rooted for Purefoods before when his childhood idol Alvin Patrimonio was still playing. He also roots for James Yap since they are both Ilonggos (James hails from Escalante while Chieffy comes from Barotac Nuevo) and represented Western Visayas in the Palarong Pambansa together.

But Caligdong got bitten by Brgy. Ginebra's never-say-die bug. He first captured the imagination of a basketball-crazy nation when he scored a nutmeg goal against Mongolia in the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers in Panaad Stadium last year.

Just like Caguioa, Caligdong has a flair for drama. His charisma mirrors that of Caguioa and it spilled over to his team in the United Football League (UFL).

"Ang Phil. Air Force parang Ginebra yan. Never-say-die kami at crowd favorite dahil pure homegrown kami at walang import," Caligdong said.

If PBA has the Manila Classico – Brgy. Ginebra-Bmeg – rivalry, the UFL is slowly shaping up its own in Phil. Air Force and Loyola Meralco Sparks.

"May rivalry na rin kaming nabuo sa UFL with Loyola. Bukas, siguradong gusto nilang bumawi sa pagkatalo nila sa Finals," Caligdong said.

The comparison is not far-fetched.

Just like B-Meg, which has the tag as the glamour team in the PBA, Loyola has that aura too with Phil and James Younghusband leading the team.

On the other side is Air Force, whose homegrown tag has the "masa" appeal.

The Airmen defeated the Sparks in a heated championship battle in the last UFL Cup. Expect another playoff atmosphere when they meet for the first time since that emotional game.

Caligdong, however, is doubtful to play in today's much awaited rematch due to a back injury he sustained last week in the Airmen's 3-5 loss to Global.

"Sana makalaro ako bukas. Depende pa kung makakuha ako ng clearance from our medical staff," Caligdong told philstar.com.

It will be a big blow to the defending champions if Caligdong can't play as the squad is currently mired in the middle of the pack while Loyola is on top of the heap.

But just like his favorite team that won despite Caguioa getting injured midway, Caligdong is hoping that their own Manila Classico match today against the Sparks will end in their favor despite the odds stacked against them.

"Never say die," Caligdong said.


Little Azkals expand roster with eleven new members

ALMOST all of the former members of the Little Azkals or the national under-13 team plus 11 new players have been selected for the training camp of the national under-14 team, which will kickoff on March 31 until April 15 at the Don Bosco Boys Home in Liloan, Cebu.
Head coach Oliver “BingBing” Colina and his staff scouted the boys during the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Regional Festival of Football in San Carlos City, Davao, Naga City, Iligan and Laguna.
Former Little Azkals who have been selected for the training camp are Cebu’s Moiselle Angelo Alforque, Lawrence Colina, Major Dean Ebarle, Vincent Erik Lovitos and Kintaro Miyagi; Manila’s John William Abraham, Marco Alessandro Casambre, Harrel Rainier Dayan, Josh Albert Miller and Ray Vincent Sanciangco; Cagayan de Oro’s Jeremiah Borlongan and Dimitri Lionel Limbo; Davao’s Darius Joseph Diamante and Javier Romero-Salas; Dumaguete’s Jhenry Omar Hamdan, Kairyll Vienne Parao and Jose Anton Yared; Dipolog’s Sebastian Rafael Patangan and San Carlos City’s Mason Trent Vergara.
New players added to the camp are San Carlos City’s Shanden Vergara and Gabriel Dyner Mendoza; Masbate’s Kent Stuart Gastador, Jovan Marfiga and Rexon Xyrus Capellan; Iloilo’s Jed Deleriarte and Red Brilliantes; Dumaguete’s Floren Christian Lapas; Bukidnon’s Chester Gio Palualan; Cebu’s Brandon Durano; and North Cotabato’s John Lorence Camiring.
Deleriarte, Lapas and Vergara are not new to the camp as they were also part of the training pool last year. But they were cut when the final lineup was made.
Of the 30, Colina also selected 22 who will be going to Italy for intensive training, which would include competitions with junior Italian clubs.
The 22 is comprised of all of the former Little Azkals plus Deleriarte, Lapas and Vergara. Colina also included Lorenzo Genco, who is already in Italy. Genco is also an original member of the Little Azkal lineup.
Being part of the Italy lineup will also not mean that an automatic slot at the official lineup for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-14 Festival of Football in Malaysia this June. /CORRESPONDENT MARS G. ALISON

Cebu DAily News

29 March 2012

Governor’s Football Cup set in Digos

Thursday, March 29, 2012

THE 1st Governor's Football Cup is slated on April 14 at the Don Mariano Marcos Elementary School football field.

Huge cash prizes await the winners in men's open, ladies open and 12 and under categories.

The men's champion will receive P10,000 cash while the next two placers will claim P5,000 and P3,000.

The top thee ladies and 12-under teams will also get P5,000, P3,000 and P2,000.

Tournament director Laarni Calawod said teams must have a minimum of 12 and maximum of 15 players.

Registration fees are P1,800 (men's) and P1,000 (ladies and 12-under).

Contact mobile numbers (0916) 11-04342 or (0916) 449-9744 for more details. (MLSA)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 29, 2012.

6 Cebuanos in PH team

By Cheska D. Geli
Thursday, March 29, 2012

SIX Cebuano booters made it to 30-man lineup of the Philippine national 14-under team.

The six are Moiselle Angelo Alforque and Vincent Lovitos of Don Bosco Technical Center, Lawrence Colina of University of Southern Philippines- Foundation, Major Dean Ebarle of Abellana National School, Kintaro Miyagi of Sacred Heart Ateneo de Cebu and Lorenzo Genco, who is now based in Italy.

From a shortlist of 45 players all over the country, the list was cut to 30 and will cut anew to 23 as the training camp in Italy can only accommodate 23 players.

Head coach Oliver Colina and Cebu Football Association and Philippine Football Federation grassroots development chairman Richard Montayre will lead the team.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 30, 2012.

Fil-Spanish Azkals to reunite for Suzuki Cup

MANILA, Philippines - Fil-Spanish players Angel and Juani Guirado and Carli de Murga said yesterday they will suit up with the Azkals if called to action by coach Michael Weiss in the Suzuki Cup, also known as the Asean Football Championships, on Nov. 24-Dec. 22 in Malaysia and Thailand.

The Philippines has qualified for the eight-team Suzuki Cup finals with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. If FIFA suspends Indonesia on a charge of government interference in sporting affairs, three teams from the October qualifiers in Myanmar will advance to the tournament proper to join the five seeds.

The Guirado brothers are set to wed their Spanish fiancées this year while De Murga has no immediate plan of settling down although his Spanish girlfriend Maria Flores, a journalist, arrives today to spend a month here. Juani, 32, marries his girlfriend Andrea Marijuan in Burgos on June 16. Angel, 27, ties the knot with Rocio Carvajal, who recently visited him in Manila for two weeks, in Malaga in July.

The Fil-Spanish booters, who call themselves The Three Musketeers, are also teammates on the Global squad in the UFL. They battle Kaya F. C. on Saturday in Juani’s farewell match. The older Guirado returns to Spain on Monday.

“I’ve been away for about two months now and I must go back to my job doing quality control as inspector of materials with Pepsi Cola in Spain,” said Juani who scored the marginal goal in the Azkals’ 4-3 win over Palestine to bag the bronze at the recent AFC Challenge Cup in Nepal. “I will never forget playing for the Philippines and I want to come back. I’ve won medals and trophies in the Spanish league but the bronze with the Azkals is special and historic for the country. I am proud to play for the Philippine national team and one day, when I have children, I will tell them how lucky I was to play for the Philippines. It is a big honor for me. Playing national teams from Palestine, India, North Korea, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan is a new experience and I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

When Juani returns to Spain, he will reenlist with his Division III club and resume his work at Pepsi Cola. “Jobs are difficult to find in Europe,” he said. “Life is hard. Andrea and I plan to come to the Philippines in October and we’d like to just take a vacation for two weeks. I haven’t seen how beautiful the country is and I couldn’t even go to visit my grandfather in Isabela. I will stay on until the end of the Suzuki Cup. Will I consider living in the Philippines? You can never tell. It will depend on opportunities. I have cousins, uncles and aunts in the Philippines but my parents are in Malaga.”

Angel said he is excited to continue playing with the Azkals. “We’ve improved so much since I first joined,” he said. “That’s because we’ve become more familiar with each other, gaining more experience as a team. We face a very complicated situation because so many players come from different countries and we get together only for a few practices before playing a tournament. But little by little, we’re improving. Coach Michael has done a very good job of getting us to play as a team.”

De Murga, 23, said his older brother Antonio, 25, is recovering from two knee football-related injuries and plans to try out with the Azkals. “Playing for the Philippine team is an honor because it is my mother’s country,” he said. “I really miss Spain. That’s why I spend all my money eating in a Spanish restaurant (Barcinos). When the UFL ends, I’ll go back to Cadiz. I hope to return to play with the Azkals in October or maybe come earlier.”



The AFF Futsal Championship 2012 has been rescheduled to two days later from the original date following the request from the FA of Timor Leste (FFTL). The FFTL made the request due to the fact that the country will be having their General Election on 16 April 2012.

19. April Philippines - Myanmar

20. April Philippines - Vietnam

21. April Philippines - Malaysia

22. April Philippines - Cambodia


28 March 2012

PFF U23 - Qualifiers

Results from PFF U23 qualifiers :

Central Mindanao

Sultan Kudarat 0-5 South Cotabato

North Cotabato has won two matches against Maguindanao , total score 9-1

North Mindanao

Cagayan de Oro 4-2 Bukidnon (not 4-1)

North Luzon

NCR 1-0 Rizal
Tarlac 3-2 Baguio

Matches this weekend :


31. March : Cebu vs Iloilo , Aboitiz Football Field

2. April Leyte vs Iloilo , Leyte Sports Complex

South Luzon

31. March : Quezon vs Oriental Mindoro , Mauban Football Field
1. April : Laguna vs Oriental Mindoro , Calamba Football Field

North Luzon

1. April : Baguio vs Rizal , Benguet State University
NCR vs Tarlac , UMAK

North Mindanao

31. March : Bukidnon vs Butuan ,Malaybalay Football Field
1. April : Cagayan de Oro vs Butuan , Pelaez Sports Center

South Mindanao

1. April : Davao del Norte vs Davao , E Park /Davao Norte Complex

Central Mindanao

North Cotabato vs Sultan Kudarat , M`lang Football Field
South Cotabato vs Maguindanao , Koronadal Sports Complex

Azkals Coach Gets Thumbs Up


MANILA, Philippines — Azkals team manager Dan Palami gave the team’s German coach Michael Weiss credit for helping the team reach new heights of achievement in the 12 months that Weiss had handled the national football squad.

“If we go by results then I think he has given us the results that we wanted,” said Palami. “He got us to the qualifiers and the main draw (of the AFC Challenge Cup) and we go to third.”

“It's historic already that we got into the final eight and even more historic with the third place achievement,” he said during Tuesday’s PSA Forum.

The Challenge Cup campaign is regarded as the most notable moment under Weiss.

The Azkals won 4-2 on aggregate over Mongolia, then placed second to Palestine in the qualifying round in Myanmar over a year ago to earn a spot in the main draw of the recently-concluded tournament in Kathmandu, Nepal.

From there, the Filipino booters overcame an opening day loss to eventual champion North Korea to reach the semis. They suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Tajikistan before salvaging third with a 4-2 victory over Palestine.

Weiss also steered the Azkals to the second of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers last July. It beat Sri Lanka in the first round before bowing to Kuwait.

The most disappointing stint for Weiss was when the Philippine U-23 team won just a single game in the Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta last November. Regardless, Palami is satisfied with the overall result.

“Judging from what I've seen, I think it slowly took a while for the player and the coach to really have the cohesion that we wanted, but I see that they're slowly evolving into a very good combination,” said Palami.

Manila Bulletin

Schröck to join Hoffenheim

1899 Hoffenheim have announced their first new signing ahead of next season. Stephan Schröck, who currently plays for Bundesliga 2 leaders SpVgg Greuther Fürth, will move to Sinsheim on a free transfer this summer after the defender put pen-to-paper on a contract lasting until 30th June 2015 with the Kraichgau outfit.

"I'm very much looking forward to the challenge at 1899, who have made a name for themselves on their way to becoming an established side in the Bundesliga," stated Schröck of his move. "I can take the next step in my career here."

Hoffenheim's head coach Markus Babbel had this to say about his first summer signing: "Stephan Schröck was a prime transfer target of mine. He has all the qualities that a modern day defender needs to have. In signing him we have gained the necessary substance and will have more alternatives in our defensive department for the future."

Philippine international on the books

The son of a Philippine mother and German father, Schröck played for DJK Schweinfurt during his early years before moving to SpVgg Greuther Fürth in 2001 as a teenager. In 2004/05 he made the leap into the first team and also represented Germany at both the U-18 and U-20 level.

However last year Schröck announced his intention to play for the Philippines and promptly went on to make his international debut on 29th June 2011 against Sri Lanka. A month later he scored his first goal during a World Cup qualifier versus Kuwait which ended in a 2-1 loss for the Philippines.


UFL - Pachanga FC 2-2 Diliman FC

Pachanga starting line-up: Ashime, Camelo Taculsame, Gonzalez, Janrick Soriano, Espinosa, Canedo, Farah, Jalsor Soriano, Diop, Dolloso, Felongco

Pachanga subs: Bedic, Palomo, Fegidero, Ojamire, Misa, Vergara, Batisla-Ong

Diliman Victory Liner starting line-up: Leung, Rances, Bambico, Santiago, Permanes, Liza, Valmayor, Appiah, Twum, Frimpong, Santos

Diliman Victory Liner subs: Manlunas, Serna, Zerrudo, Mercader, Roy, Fernandez, Caballes

1-0 Robert Canedo (Pachanga Fc)

HT 1-0

2-0 Monahad Farah (Pachanga Fc)

2-1 Andoni Santos (Diliman FC)

Bismark Frimpong (Diliman) red card

2-2 Diliman FC

27 March 2012

Fired-up booters eye Suzuki Cup Final 4

By Olmin Leyba

With expectations running higher now as a result of their historic bronze medal feat in the last AFC Challenge Cup, the Philippine Azkals will make sure they are fully equipped and thoroughly prepared when they plunge into action in the AFF Suzuki Cup later in the year.

Azkals team manager Dan Palami said the target is to once more reach the semifinals of the premier football competition among ASEAN nations, but stressed they couldn’t afford a “crammed buildup” like the one they had prior to the Challenge Cup.

“We know if we have several months to prepare, so do the other countries, which means we have to be really focused (on the preparations),” Palami said during yesterday’s PSA forum at Shakey’s UN Avenue.

The Azkals, who placed third in the Nepal Challenge Cup despite “not-so-ideal” preparations, will get back on twice-a-week training by April 17 to jumpstart training for the Suzuki Cup. The meet is set in Thailand and Malaysia in November.

A 10-day camp in either Tagaytay or Cebu will be held late May to get them ready for three international friendlies set in June. The Philippine Football Federation has invited Indonesia for a June 5 fixture at Rizal Memorial, Vietnam and Thailand for a June 8 outing at the Panaad pitch in Bacolod, and China for a June 12 “Independence Cup” game at Rizal. So far, only China has confirmed but will supposedly send its Olympic team.

“We’re also scheduling two foreign camps, one in the Gulf and the other one, we’re still determining where, likely in Europe, sometime August. And the Long Teng Cup (in Chinese Taipei) in October will also be part of our preparations,” said Palami.

The milestone finish in the Nepal Challenge Cup raised the bar of expectations further, admitted the Azkals boss.

“Even before we left, we already set the bar high by saying our target was to be in the semis of the Challenge Cup and of course everybody wanted to believe us but really the expectations were not so high.

“But this time, I think we have to back up our words with really strong preparations and I think everybody in the team and all stakeholders know what’s at stake and what will put us to where we want to be,” he said.

Palami said they are taking a two-pronged approach to sustain the Azkals’ momentum.


Toughest Azkals squad yet for int’l friendlies

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE PHILIPPINE Azkals could parade their best team yet when they face a slew of powerhouse sides in international friendly matches slated in June in Manila and Bacolod.
Azkals manager Dan Palami yesterday expressed confidence that Europe-based players like Stephan Schrock, Paul Mulders, Jerry Lucena, Dennis Cagara and Neil Etheridge will suit up for the national team from June 5 to 12.
“We see no reason why they will not be available since it’s a Fifa-sanctioned international friendly dates plus it’s also the end of the season with most clubs in Europe,” said Palami yesterday at the weekly PSA Forum presented by Shakey’s, Smart and Pagcor.
Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam have been invited to a friendly match on June 5 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium with the Philippine Football Federation hoping that one of the three Southeast Asian countries will be available.
The Azkals plan to fly to Bacolod for a match possibly against Hong Kong on June 8 at the Panaad Stadium.
The Azkals are likely to face China’s Olympic team for the “Independence Day Cup” on June 12 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
“China has already agreed but we might face their Olympic team, which I think is still very strong,” said Palami.
All the matches are part of the Azkals’ buildup for the Suzuki Cup Asean Championships late this year in Thailand and Malaysia.


26 March 2012

PFF U23 - Luzon qualifiers

Below are the remaining games schedule for Luzon (subject to change):

April 1 (Sun) - 2PM Match 3 - Laguna VS Mindoro - Calamba Football Field
April 2 (Mon) - 2PM Match 4 - Quezon VS Mindoro - Mauban, Quezon
April 14 (Sat) - 2PM Match 5 - Laguna VS Quezon
April 22 (Sun) - 2PM Match 6 - Laguna VS Quezon

Previous matches :

Mindoro 1-4 Quezon

Mindoro 0-6 Laguna

Azkals face bumpy road ahead

By Manolo R. Iñigo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

I CONGRATULATE the Azkals football team for winning the bronze in the just-ended AFC Challenge Cup in Nepal and 24-year-old Phil Younghusband for clinching the much-coveted Golden Boot Award with six goals in five matches.

Ditto for team manager Dan Palami, a past Philippine Sportswriters Association awardee as executive of the year, and German coach Michael Weiss for steering the Azkals to a historic third-place place in the event.

But the task is far from over as far as the Azkals are concerned. They not only missed capturing a berth in the AFC Asian Cup—finalists North Korea, who emerged winner, and Turkmenistan did make it—but the future of football in this country remains a big question mark.

In the words of former Rep. Imee Marcos, the Azkals have still to prove their true worth by winning a major tournament and already some of them are misbehaving.

Has overnight success gone into their heads?

There is no question that the Azkals gave Philippine football respect and recognition. But it does not give them the license to abuse the rights and hospitality of their host country.

Ms Cristy Ramos, daughter of former President Fidel V. Ramos, ex-Philippine Olympic Committee head and topnotch football player during her prime, has earlier filed sexual harassment complaint with the Asian Football Federation (AFC) against players Angel Guirado and Lexton Moy.

The feisty Ramos likewise blasted team captain James Younghusband for his failure to discipline his teammates. “He didn’t do anything to discipline his teammates. I hope he teaches his players to behave well.”

Serving as match commissioner in the recent Philippine Azkals-Malaysia friendly match which ended in a 1-all draw at the Rizal Memorial Track-Football Stadium, Ms Ramos alleged (while inside the dugout before the game) that “some players ridiculed her, with one player disrespectfully asking for the size of her brassiere, which was followed by a roar of laughter.” Another player, Cristy averred, appeared before her half naked during the postgame inspection in violation of ethical norms.

The former Philippine President said he and his wife Ming Ramos agreed with the position their daughter had taken on the issue, noting that their daughter had held various positions in sports both as a player and as a sports official.

“She sure knows what she’s talking about,” stressed Mr. Ramos.

“The players should behave,” added Ming. Nakakahiya ang (It’s a shame for a) Filipino.

Sen. Pia Cayetano, chair of the Senate Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations, said. “Sexual harassment must not be tolerated anytime, anywhere. Such acts should not go unpunished.”

Added the lady senator from Taguig City, “I call for an immediate investigation of this incident … not only because this is a serious allegation made by match commissioner Cristy Ramos, who is a sports official, but also because the Azkals are looked up to as modern-day heroes and role models.”

Fellow columnist Recah Trinidad also said, “Manager Dan Palami had apologized, but the international football body would do well to crack the whip. A suspension would be too mild a reprimand.”


UFL postpones Kaya-Stallion replay

by Alder Almo

The United Football League (UFL) deferred the scheduled continuation of the match between Kaya and Stallion to a later date instead of tomorrow (Tuesday).

UFL Chairman Santi Araneta confirmed this in his Twitter account (@santiaraneta) this afternoon.

"Due to the severity and impact to future games, the UFL Technical Committee had opted to defer the Kaya-Stallion game tomorrow," Araneta said.

"Both Kaya and Stallion agree that this decision is not about the outcome of last Saturday's game but for the future UFL games to come," he added.

This morning, it was announced that Kaya and Stallion will resume from the 64th minute where the match was stopped due to lightning and thunderstorm.

UFL, however, had to recall its decision due to "no hard rule on the incident and too many loose ends" as Araneta further explained in his tweets.

Kaya was leading 1-nil on a first half goal by Eric "The Dagger" Dagroh in the match until lightning and thunderstorm plagued the venue prompting the match commissioner to stop it and observe the weather condition.

Some minutes later, both teams agreed to postpone it indefinitely as the weather did not cooperate.

Global caught Kaya on top with 18 points each after its 5-3 win over defending champion Air Force-Phoenix in the first match last Saturday.


Cebu draws 2-2 with NORFA

A penalty kick in the last minutes of the match allowed Negros Oriental Football Association (NORFA) to draw its match against Cebu at 2-all in yesterday’s Visayas leg of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Suzuki Cup U23 at the Silliman Ball Field in Dumaguete.

With four matches already played in the Visayas leg, the Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) leads with six points after winning both its matches while Cebu is at second with four points with a 1-1 (win-draw) record. NORFA is at third with a point.

NORFA, manned by Dumaguete players, scored first in the match.

However, a goal from Rikko Cedric de Guzman and Junjun Pintuan gave Cebu a 2-1 lead going into halftime.

In the second half, both teams tried to add to their scores but neither were successful until John Ejara was called for a foul.

Cebu head coach Joselito Bono said Ejara slid in an attempt to swat the ball away from NORFA and hit no one in the process.

However, the referee decided to award NORFA a penalty kick, which put to waste Cebu’s one-point lead.

In last Saturday’s match between Iloilo Football Association (IFA) and NOFA in Iloilo, NOFA won 2-0.

Next weekend, Cebu will host IFA at the Aboitiz Sports Field in Subangdaku, Mandaue. /CORRESPONDENT MARS G. ALISON

Cebu Daily News

25 March 2012

City booters to try for national team

By Roderick Osis

Sunday, March 25, 2012

FOLLOWING their impressive win in the Philippine Football Federation 14 under Luzon Selection tournament, nine players from the Cordillera Goshen Land Football Club were handpicked to try out for the national squad.

The nine members where part of the 23 strong 14 under squad being trained under the Cordillera Goshen Land Football Club, which won in the tournament after edging power house Laguna, 3-2, Mindoro, 7-1; Tarlac, 6-1; and Rizal, 8-1.

Off to try out for the national 14 under team are James Mansueto, Reggy Ubfan, Mike Arbela, Kleiu Mangaoang, Spencer Galasa, Carlo Conde, Jacob Gomez, James Ariola and Jason Escara.

With the nine players and the big win to boot, the Baguio boys proved they can hold their own against Luzon’s top football team delivering an outstanding performance in the tournament, displaying hard work, humility, fair play and supportive teamwork.

"Yung Tarlac, maingay at nagsasalita na parang nanalo na sila," Arabela said, the former elementary CAR football team captain after delivering a 6-1 victory.

"Yung isang player kasi dun buwakaw, hindi niya pinapasa ang bola," added James Mansueto, defender, freshman at Baguio City National High School and scholar of Goshen Land Caring Hands.

The team also scored the most fulfilling win in the tournament where Rodrigo "Pepe" Gango, a 14-year-old mute street kid whom the Cordillera Goshen Land Football Club brought along for the tournament fired the last winning goal that set off a pandemonium of celebration among his in-school team mates in the field.

"Grabe, lahat sila binuhat nila si Pepe," coach Nestor Udan said.

Laguna was the toughest assignment for the Summer Capital so far as it eked out a 3-2 decision with the home team scoring the first goal but Baguio tied the score after five minutes with a goal coming from central midfield Reggy Ubfan in a 20 yard outside the box shot.

Laguna then returned the favor to enjoy a one goal advantage but Jacob Gomez tied the score anew before Arabela scored the winning headshot.

The Cordillera Goshen Land Football Club also brought along much younger players from the elementary level who were willing to join and were available for the tournament.

"This is for their exposure because players in Baguio may have some football skills but they sorely lack the exposure for them to develop and mature as football players," the Cordillera Goshen Land Football Club coaches said.

The elementary football players who also joined the tournament and saw action were Samson Cabforo, 11, defender; JR Nuval, 12; Ezra Olosan, Jimwell Cumafay strikers and wingers ; Jon Shadrach Bangsoy and Kleiu Mangaoang goalkeepers.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 26, 2012.

PFF U23 Luzon Qualifiers - Quezon City beat Oriental Mindoro

The Quezon Football Association Under 23 Team won the first away game of the PFF-Suzuki Cup in Calapan, Mindoro yesterday 24 March 2012. Final Score Quezon 4 - Mindoro 1.
14.30 - Mark Joseph Elpa, Lucena, Quezon
18.15 - Mark Joseph Elpa, Lucena, Quezon
19.50 - Edward John Pineda, Lopez, Quezon
25.19 - Edward John Pineda, Lopez, Quezon
63.43 - Mindoro
The game was tough but we made it through, with 1 injured defensive futbolero (Raul Datario - who bravely tried blocking a super kick from a Mindoro striker), the boys kept the pressure and survived. Best Job Boys! The province of Quezon is very proud of you.

Please support the next game of the QFA Futboleros - April 2, Mauban, Quezon.

By: Dexter Bañares

Philippine Football Federation Suzuki Cup Under 23 (U23) Line-up for the Group B Leg in Mindoro:

1. Raul Datario - Lopez, Quezon
2. Federico Segui - Lopez, Quezon
3. Edward John Pineda - Lopez, Quezon
4. Christian Andaya - Lopez, Quezon
5. Mark Jefferson Magpantay - Lopez, Quezon
6. Cedric Ferreras - Lopez, Quezon
7. Krizmark Nanola - Lucban, Quezon
8. Michael John O. Gimenez - Lucban, Quezon
9. John Joshua Carrancho - Lucban, Quezon
10. Jared Ortiz - Atimonan, Quezon
11. Kaybee Nanola - Lucban, Quezon
12. Kenneth Palines - Lucban, Quezon
13. Garret Marasigan - Mauban, Quezon
14. Mark Joseph Elpa - Lucena, Quezon
15. Robertson Racoma - Lucban, Quezon
16. Remmier Toledo - Quezon, Quezon
17. Patrick Ryan Arabis - Lucena, Quezon
18. Ronnel Caday - Lucban, Quezon

Cebu eyes 2nd win in PFF Suzuki Cup U23

CEBU guns for its second win in the Visayas leg of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Suzuki Cup U23 as it faces Negros Oriental Football Association (NORFA) at the latter’s home turf at the Silliman Ball Field in Dumaguete City today.

Cebu demolished Leyte, 4-1, last weekend for its first win in the tournament at the Leyte Sports Complex.

NORFA, on the other hand, is still eyeing its first win after bowing to the Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA), 1-4, also last weekend.

Cebu is represented by the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) and beefed up by seven players from other schools.

The team is manned by Joel Cahilog, John Ejara, Jestoni Pialago, Russel Layumas, Rikko de Guzman, Ronan de Guzman, Junifer Ebero, Agapito Baclaan, Junjun Pintuan, Jeff Lester Agravante, Rafael Broce, Henry Perales, John Lester Sembra and James Rodney Parel, all of USJ-R; Jason Calungsad of University of Cebu; Aljohn Armamento and LJ Reyes of University of Southern Philippines Foundation and Neil Anthony Rosauro, Edmar Madrilejo, Anthony Tabuelog and Ben Lorenzo Magbanua from Don Bosco Boys Home.

NORFA is manned by players from Dumaguete.

This tournament is played in a home-and-away format with the top three teams advancing to the national finals and will play against the top three teams from Luzon and Mindanao.

Cebu will have its first home match on March 31 against the Iloilo Football Association at the Aboitiz Sports Field in Subangdaku, Mandaue.

Other home matches for Cebu will be on April 14 against NOFA, April 28 against Leyte and May 19 versus NORFA. /CORRESPONDENT MARS G. ALISON

Cebu Daily News

24 March 2012

UFL - Sunday`s matches - Loyola win

March 25, 2012

Cebu Queen City United FC 5-2 Manila All-Japan FC
4:00 pm Turf at Bonifacio Global City (BGC)

Cebu Queen City United starting line-up: Isic, Cubelo, Menchavez, Villarico, Villarta, Anthony, Baunsit, Eborda, Cuizon, Aguilar, Flores

Manila All-Japan starting line-up: Aoki, Zenki, Yuki Tanaka, Hattori, Shinichi Tanaka, Wakaumi, Kono, Marukawa, Salazar, Fushiki, Wakana

1-0 John Michael Flores
2-0 Rene Menchavez jr
2-0 HT
3-0 Marion Rey Cubelo
3-1 Shinichi Tanaka
3-2 Masahiko Yagi
4-2 Benedict Luis Arriola
5-2 Marion Rey Cubelo

5-2 FT

Phil. Army Fritz & Macziol FC 2-3 Pasargad FC
4:00 pm University of Makati (UMak)

Philippine Army Fritz & Macziol starting line-up: Becite, Villanueva, Lobaton, Gempisaw, Pelayo, Cain, Gener, Bedua, Sacapano, Margarse, Dela Cruz

Pasargad starting line-up: Madadi, Padilla, Vangrunderbeek, Emaka, Fernandez, Behgandom, Cruz, Hajmahdi, Jafaridastjerdi, Muncada, Pascual

1-0 Melition Pelayo
1-1 Shayan Jafaridastjerdi
1-2 Shayan Jafaridastjerdi
1-2 HT

2-2 Roel Gener
2-3 Milad Behgandom

2-3 FT

Roel Gener red card in 77 min

Lions Meltique Beef FC 1-7 Team Socceroo FC
6:00 pm Turf at Bonifacio Global City (BGC)

Lions starting line-up: Jimenez, Ngo, De Leon, Chua, Hui, Jacobs, Tan, Bangayan, Merzam, Mozol, Yap

Team Socceroo starting line-up: Avellana, Bonoan, Dinglasan, De Koenigswarter, Malu, Zaghi, Michael Reyes, Alegre, Gonzales, Timpani, Behag

0-1 Glen Malu
0-2 Michael Mari Reyes
0-3 Glen Malu
0-4 Zaydan Timpani
0-4 HT

1-4 Casper Ngo
1-5 Zaydan Timpani
1-6 Hector Zaghi
1-7 Zaydan Timpani

1-7 FT


Loyola Meralco Sparks FC 5-0 Nomads Auction Manila
6:00 pm University of Makati (UMak)

Loyola Meralco Sparks starting line-up: Cuaresma, Ozaeta, Gonzales, James Younghusband, Phil Younghusband, Dorlas, Cortina, Jeong, Mark Hartmann, Kim, Park

Loyola Meralco Sparks bench: Versario, Cutamora, Morallo, Morallo, Elnar, Camara, Vorbeck, Obinna

Nomads Auction Manila starting line-up: Blake, Denison, Johnson, Fogg, Borrill, Connolly, Loic, Musters, Darren Hartmann, Nnabuife, Ravelo

1-0 David Cortina
2-0 Mark Johnson
3-0 Phil Younghusband
3-0 HT
4-0 Randy Musters
5-0 Mark Hartmann

5-0 FT


Green Archers United FC 5-0 Phil. Navy Red Juice FC
8:00 pm University of Makati (UMak)

Green Archers United starting line-up: Pasinabo, Villareal, Pasilan, Johnson, Gaspe, Olowoyeye, Auman, Saraga, Aguisanda, Deyto, Melliza

Philippine Navy Red Juice starting line-up: Perez, Fadrigalan, Liman, Flores, Cabural, Caminos, Dalaoya, De Villa, Josue, Madrio, Rosalia

5-0 FT

Global FC thwarts Air Force Phoenix

MANILA, Philippines - Global FC turned back a fighting Air Force Phoenix team, 5-3, under the rains to boost its title chances in the First Division of the United Football League at the University of Makati field in Makati yesterday.

An own goal by Air Force’s Martin Doctora on the 82nd followed by a boot by Sudanese Izzeldin Elhabbib just before injury time sealed the victory for the Global team.

Juani Guirado came through with a brace, one coming on the 36th minute and the other on the 52nd on a set-up by younger brother Angel. Both were members of the Azkals team that finished a historic third place in the AFC Challenge Cup in Nepal a week ago.

Misagh Bahadoran picked up a foiled attempt by Angel Guirado for a goal on the 44th minute, giving Global a 2-0 lead before another Azkal Ian Araneta struck with one a minute into injury time to cut Air Force’s deficit to just a goal.

After the Juani goal that made it 3-1, the Airmen unleashed a mighty fightback as Yanti Barsales struck with one on the 64th before Araneta came through with his second goal of the match -- an indirect free kick -- on the 79th to tie the count at 3.

And then came Doctora’s own goal.

The Airmen thus remained at sixth spot with seven points after absorbing their third setback against two wins and a draw, or a point behind Army Fritz & Macziol FC.

Over at the Turf in Bonifacio Global City, Forza FC leaned on Isaac Agyie’s game-winning goal as it topped a stubborn Dolphins United FC, 4-3, to jump into joint fifth in the Second Division alongside Laos FC with 12 points apiece.


It's wise to retain entire Azkals team from AFC

No new faces are due to join the Azkals soon as coach Michael Weiss prefers to maintain the bunch that won the bronze medal in the recent AFC Challenge Cup plus six foreign-based old-timers who were just unavailable for that milestone run in Nepal.

“There’s now rising interest (from Fil-foreign players) all over the world but we’re now in a lucky position not to take (in) anyone who just has overseas background; we can now look strictly for quality. (But) I’m already happy with the squad we have,” Weiss said in an interview on DZSR yesterday.

The German mentor said he would love to assemble the crew that bonded together since their pre-Challenge Cup training camp in Dubai, led by Golden Boot awardee Phil Younghusband and his brother James, Chieffy Caligdong, Paul Mulders, Neil Etheridge, Jason Sabio, Carli de Murga, Marwin Angeles, and the Guirado brothers Angel and Juani.

Reinforced by Europe-based pros Denis Wolf, Jerry Lucena, Dennis Cagara, Stephan Schrock, Manny Ott and Roland Muller, the Azkals should be good to roll in the next battles ahead, noted Weiss.

“Denis Wolf, if he can get his passport, hopefully will be with us for good. I wish to work mainly with the squad that was together in Dubai plus Lucena, Cagara, Schrock, Ott and our second keeper Muller. If we have these players together, we should have a very, very fantastic group,” he said.

The Azkals broke camp after their breakthrough finish and Weiss said he expects those locally-based nationals to get back together for twice-a-week practices by middle or end of April.

By May 20-30, he expects the foreign-based footballers to come over and join the team for a camp in either Tagaytay or Cebu, preparatory to a series of Fifa international friendlies eyed in June.

The Philippine Football Federation has invited Indonesia for June 5, either Vietnam or Thailand for June 8 fixture in Bacolod, and powerhouse China for the Independence Day gig on June 12.

“That’s in the pipeline now. I hope we get confirmation (from these nations) quite soon to start our scouting and preparations for these important matches,” Weiss said.

Weiss described the Challenge Cup podium finish as “the biggest achievement so far in the history of Phl football.”

“We’re now considered real serious contenders and we can invite high-profile teams to the Philippines,” said Weiss.


PFF Suzuki U23 National Cup - Mindanao qualifying -CDO win !

To all our Football Enthusiasts,
The first game of CMOFA (vs BUFA) for the PFF-Suzuki U23 Cluster Qualifying football match will be held tomorrow, March 25, 2012 (Sunday) at the Pelaez Sports Complex, Cagayan de Oro City at 2 pm, before the motorcade along the main streets by our major sponsor (Suzuki) starting at 11 am. Two of our Azkals Team members, Ian Araneta and Chieffy Caligdong will join the motorcade and will be present during the simple opening ceremonies prior to the game at the venue. Please be there!

Cagayan de Oro Football community


Matches this weekend on Mindanao

Saturday 24

NORTH : Iligan 1-0 Bukidnon at Mindanao Civic Center
CENTRAL : North Cotabato 5-0 Maguindanao at M'lang Football Field
CENTRAL : Sultan Kudarat 0-5 South Cotabato at Kalawang Central, Isulan

Sunday 25

NORTH : Cagayan de Oro 4-1 Bukidnon at Pelaez Sports Center , 2 pm MAJOR LAUNCHING

Post results and match reports in comments

Ceres Seeks Another Win vs. Real Negrense in NFL Sunday

Games Sunday
1:30pm – Dynamic vs. Minuluan-Talisay
3:30pm - Real Negrense vs. Ceres Liner
5:30pm - Las Buenas vs. Trimaxi-Agro

Ceres Liner Football Club is seeking another win against Real Negrense FC on Sunday, March 25 to fortify their standing the 6-team casts in the 2nd round of the 2012 1st Conference North Football League of Yanson Group of Bus Companies at Ayala North Point football pitch in Talisay City.

Ceres FC defeated Real Negrense, 3-2, in their first meeting in the first round and hope to duplicate the same when they meet in the second game at 3:30pm Sunday.

Dynamic Builder FC will tangle with Minuluan-Talisay in the first game at 1:30pm, with the former is highly favored to repeat against the latter they beat in the first round elimination, 7-2. Trimaxi-Agro, on the other hand, will try to repeat against Las Buenas Football Club beating them in the first round, 4-2.

With one more game left on April 1, intense match-up will be observed from all teams as the championship is nearing. Dynamic is leading with 7-1 cards; Ceres, 6-2; Trimaxi, 5-3; Real Negrense, 4-4; Minuluan-Talisay 1-7 and Las Buenas, 1-7.

Tournament commissioner Ramon Janeo said, the tournament is held every Sunday and a double round elimination with the top four teams advancing to crossover semifinals with the top team to have a privilege of choosing its opponents.* (CMGarde)

Negros Daily Bulletin

PFF U23 - Iloilo 0-2 NOFA

PFF U23 today in Iloilo :

Iloilo 0-2 NOFA (Bacolod) FT result

Jimuel Arriola 2 goals for NOFA

NORFA vs Cebu on Sunday

Ex-Azkals coach loses coaching job in Indonesia

MANILA, Philippines – Former Azkals coach Simon McMenemy has lost his job as manager of a Liga Super Indonesia team 16 games after taking over the post.

In a report posted on Soccer Central, the Indonesian team, Mitra Kukar, explained that the British coach did not meet the management's expectations, thus “the need to terminate his services.”

Mitra Kukar is currently 4th in Liga Super Indonesia with 27 points.

The team wants at least a runner-up finish this season.

McMenemy was credited for steering the Philippine Azkals to the semi-final round of the AFF Suzuki Challenge Cup in 2010.


23 March 2012

UFL - Saturday`s matches - Global FC win

March 24, 2012

Forza FC 4-3 Dolphins United FC
2:00 pm Turf at Bonifacio Global City

Forza 3-2 Dolphins
Forza: Alreshidi (14'), Velverde (32', 45'+1)
Dolphins United: Dexine (40'), Teodoro (44')

3-3 Jerome Cuyos (Dolphins)
4-3 Agyie (Forza Fc)


Global FC 5-3 Phil. Air Force Phoenix FC LIVE ON AKTV
2:00 pm University of Makati (UMak)

Global starting line-up: Pascual, Guisso, Bahadoran, Izo Elhabbib, De Murga, Kama, Basa, Juani Guirado, Barbaso, Hoshide

Global subs: Palami, Cortes, Obiang, Sylvain, Marvin Angeles, Ayi, Ghasemi

Philippine Air Force Phoenix starting line-up: Jaugan, Tonog, Barsales, Doctora, Caligdong, Mercado, Bayona, Araneta, Bermejo, Ballo-Allo, Soriano

Philippine Air Force Phoenix subs: Harold Bayona, Bela-Ong, Montillano, Palmes, Bulaquina, Del Rosario, Benitez

1-0 Juani Guirado (Global Fc)
2-0 Misagh Bahadora (Global Fc)
2-1 Ian Araneta (Air Force)
2-1 HT
3-1 Juani Guirado (Global Fc)
3-2 Yanti Barsales (Air Force )
3-3 Ian Araneta (Air Force)
4-3 Martin Doctora (own goal)
5-3 Izzo El Habbib (Global Fc)
5-3 FT

Agila FC 1-6 Union Internacional Manila
4:00 pm Turf at Bonifacio Global City

Union Internacional Manila starting line-up: Llevares, Uche, Amores, Nieto, Stanley, Nembot, Ali, Meilan, Gunda, Cerdena, Balbin

Agila starting line-up: Merida, Arboleda, Macalisang, Louie Valeroso, Madrona, Tahil, Jaucian, Mabanag, Salisad, Mark Valeroso, Murayama

FULL TIME: Agila 1-6 Union Internacional Manila
Agila: Valeroso (8')
Union Internacional Manila: Stanley (13', 37', 41', 76'), Meilan (44'), Cerdeno (69')


Kaya FC - Stallion Gilligan's FC LIVE ON AKTV
4:00 pm University of Makati (UMak)

Kaya starting line-up: Garmaroudi, Sabio, Anton Del Rosario, Semblat, Romero, Burkey, Dagroh, Mallari, Moy, Boley, Kigbu

Kaya subs: Munoz, Rizaei, Beloya, Armand Del Rosario, Santos, Camcam, Ubiam

Stallion Gilligan's starting line-up: Munoz, Italia, Nam, Doctora, Park, Hugo, Yoon, Lee, Braga, Clarino, Kim

Stallion Gilligan's subs: Lozano, Baek, Pinga, Sobrevega, Gustilo, Simpron.

1-0 Eric Dagroh (Kaya)

1-0 HT

Match Commissioner has called off the match due to threat of lightning.

Sunken Garden United FC - Laos FC
6:00 pm Turf at Bonifacio Global City

Sunken Garden United starting line-up: De Castro, Lopez, Jover, Sobremisana, Ogar, Peters, Baldo, Doronilla, Akut, Lorilla, Maquiso

Laos starting line-up: Dalman, Jukes, Villanueva, Nejib, Altiche, Lear, Moreno, Atienza, Hilvano, Patlunag, Borromeo

1-0 Abel de Castro (Sunken Garden United)
1-1 Muhamed Salem Nejid (Laos)
1-2 Aaron Altiche (Laos)
1-3 Franco Borromeo III (Laos)
2-3 Lopez (Sunken Garden)
2-4 Tabale (Laos)


Diliman Victory Liner FC - Pachanga FC
6:00 pm University of Makati (UMak)

Match postponed to Wednesday, unplayable pitch

Kaya faces Stallion; Chieffy back on Air Force wings

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

CHIEFFY Caligdong makes his much-awaited Air Force return even as Kaya tries to solidify its hold of top spot when it collides with Stallion today in the United Football League at the University of Makati field.

Sidelined by a knee injury since late January, Caligdong, who played in all five games of the national team in the AFC Challenge Cup in Nepal, is expected to start when the Airmen face Global at 2 p.m.

With six victories in seven matches, Kaya will be looking to go six points clear at the top in the 4 p.m. duel with a dangerous Stallion side that beefed up its roster during the transfer window.

Stallion signed up University of Santo Tomas striker OJ Clariño, Korean midfielder Kim Tae-won and former CF Madrid striker Rufo Sanchez during the transfer window, boosting a squad that has made the biggest impact among the newcomers in the first division.

Though Stallion went into the three-week break on a losing note after bowing to Global, 0-1, manager Ernie Nierras said the squad stayed sharp by undergoing camp in Iloilo.

Clariño, a veteran of the Southeast Asian Games last year, and Kim are available for the clash with Kaya, which is still hoping that ace defender Jason Sabio will be fully fit to deal with the Stallion threat.

Sabio hurt his knee while on national team duty in Nepal. Kaya, though, will welcome back Eric Dagroh, who missed the 3-1 win over Nomads last Wednesday due to suspension.

But the spotlight will be on Caligdong, who was injured in the 2-2 draw with Army last Jan. 28.

Air Force has won its last three matches with national player Ian Araneta at the helm with four goals.

Angel Guirado and older brother, Juani, who combined for three goals for the Azkals in Nepal, as well as Misagh Bahadoran return to a Global side that also acquired twins Marwin and Marvin Angeles from second division side Laos.

Marwin is the more experienced campaigner of the two, having played in five matches in the Challenge Cup.


Global faces Air Force in UFL

Friday, March 23, 2012

MANILA--Kaya tries to extend its lead at the top of the United Football League when it battles dangerous Stallion at the University of Makati field today.

Kickoff is at 4 p.m. with Kaya looking for its seventh win of the season that will put the LBC-backed side three points clear at the top, regardless of the result of the earlier clash between Global and Air Force.

Kaya is coming off a 3-1 victory over Nomads Wednesday and while the team welcomed collecting maximum points, the players felt like their performance left much to be desired.

“I think we can still play better,” said Kaya midfielder Lexton Moy, who was substituted in the second half.

Air Force and Global open hostilities at 2 p.m. in the first top-flight Saturday double-header since the league took a break late last month because of the AFC Challenge Cup.

The matches will be aired live by AKTV on IBC13.

Air Force and Global--two sides that finished 1-2 in league play last season—meet for the first time since the Airmen’s 2-0 win in the semifinals of the UFL Cup.

Chieffy Caligdong, who missed the last three matches for Air Force because of a knee injury, returns to the side that has won its last three matches.

Without Caligdong, Ian Araneta has held fort for the Airmen with five goals in the last three matches.

But Air Force will have its hands full against Global’s formidable attack line led by national players Angel Guirado and Misagh Bahadoran.

Guirado is coming off an impressive stint in the AFC Challenge Cup where he scored two goals. His older brother, Juani, who scored once in the Challenge Cup, is also in the Global squad which has 15 points, the same tally as Loyola with a game in hand. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 24, 2012.

Sports: PFF-Suzuki Men’s U23 Visayas Qualifiers Resumes Tomorrow

The Philippine Football Federation-Suzuki Men’s Under-23 Visayas Qualifying Rounds will resume at the Central Philippine University football field in Iloilo City tomorrow, March 24 which will feature a game between defending champion Negros Occidental Football Association’s Negros-Ceres and archrival Iloilo Football Association.

Bannered by La Salle-Ceres team, the Negrense squad came off from a 4-1 debut victory in an away game over Negros Oriental Football Association last Sunday at the Silliman University Ball Field in Dumaguete City.

Gerardo "Jinggoy" Valmayor of San Carlos City nailed his team’s opening goal in the 3rd minute of the match to end a 1-nil lead at the break.

In the second half, Abelardo Solinas scored Negros-Ceres second goal in the 56th minute as Michael Continedo gave the defending champion its third goal in the 77th minute of the match.

Up by 3-nil, the Negrense booters continued to be aggressive both in offense and defense, however, with eight minutes left before the regulation, NORFA’s Nico Macapal sent the ball at the back of the net in the 82nd minute.

Four minutes after NORFA’s goal, Michael Cornel sealed the match with Negros-Ceres’ fourth goal in the 86th minute.

Meanwhile, those players who were cautioned during the last match are NORFA’s Reggie Cisneros (38th) and Rob Famador (62nd) and NOFA’s Solinas (56th).

Suiting up for the Negros-Ceres squad of team manager Leo Rey Yanson are Azkals’ U23 standout Joshua Beloya (Bacolod City), Valmayor and Reymark "Buboy" Fernandez (Victorias City), last year’s "best goal keeper" Robert Mendoza, second choice keeper Benito Rosalia, third keeper Jurex Replentes, Florence Panogaling, Jimmy Malalo-an, Florence Agraviador, Anthony Tongson, George Balceda, Alan Alfaro, Neil Ryan Lirio, Norman Selotorio, Feb Beneminito Baya, Archie Familiar, Ramoniño Aledro, Kent Guevarra, John Vendell Marcellana, Joash Cabus, Bon Joevie Amanquiton, Chip Christian Robles, John Timothy Bolo and Jimuel Arriola.

The team is mentored by Freddie "Nene" Lazarito while assisting him are Assistant Coaches Ramon Janeo, Ali Rojas Go, Lemuel Unabia and goalkeeper coach Michael Casas while head of the delegation is NOFA president Charlie Cojuangco accompanied by NOFA secretary general Paulline Javelona, team physician Dra. Emily Zerrudo and several NOFA staff.

This tournament, participated by NOFA, NORFA, Leyte Football Association, Cebu Football Association and Iloilo Football Club, will be played in a home-and-away format.* (with reports from SCOOP-Bacolod)

Negros Daily Bulletin

Nomads coach criticizes UFL refs

By Ryan Felix

Kaya FC defeated Nomads Auction Manila, 3-1, on Wednesday at the resumption of Division One of the United Football League at University of Makati. Nomads coach Michael Denison, whose team suffered its second straight defeat, was particularly unhappy over two huge non-calls by the referees in the match.

One Nomads player, he contended, was fouled inside the penalty box. A header by Nomads’ Randy Musters, meanwhile, was not counted because it did not cross the line, according to the referee.

Unhappy with the officiating, Coach Mick took it upon himself to post an ‘advertisement’ on Facebook, purportedly looking for new officials. The hilarious job posting read:

ADVERTISEMENT; We are an equal opportunities recruitment agency. Urgently hiring new officials for the UFL. Good eyesight not a requirement, however a physical ability to point and look one way for 45 minutes and then turn around to look and point the other way for 45 minutes is a necessity. Perfect for the hard of hearing because when everyone on/off the pitch shouts penalty, offside or goal you have to ‘sling a deaf un’ even though they are quite obviously correct. You have to be able to act dumb too, because when some one asks you a simple question “why?” you simply reach in your top pocket for a yellow card. So if you are blind, deaf and dumb please send your resume to Stevie Wonder.Roy Orbison@hotmail.com. We accept applications in braille. It’s our game!!!!

Still no word if there were any applicants for this post.


22 March 2012

PFF Suzuki U23 National Cup - Mindanao Qualifying

Saturday 17

NORTH : Surigao 1-3 Bukidnon at Surigao Sports Complex

CENTRAL : South Cotabao 4-2 Sultan Kudarat at Koronodal Sports Complex
Goals Sultan Kudarat : Ronnie Rabut and Lambert Dolor
South Cotabato : Jason Mero, Dan Rey Aloot (2 goals) and Ryan Malan

CENTRAL : Maguindanao vs North Cotabato , result ? at MSU

Sunday 18

NORTH : Butuan 2-2 Bukidon at Butuan City SC/ Caraga State U

Goals Butuan : Abed Vavarez (2 goals)
Bukidnon : Tyrone Opiso , Juarlito Bagaang

Upcoming matches

Saturday 24

NORTH : Iligan vs Bukidnon at Mindanao Civic Center

CENTRAL : North Cotabato vs Maguindanao at M'lang Football Field

CENTRAL : Sultan Kudarat vs North Cotabato at Kalawag Central, Isulan

Sunday 25

NORTH : Cagayan de Oro vs Bukidnon

Mindanao South start 1. April and Mindanao West start on 9. April

All teams play home and away, qualifiers finish on 27. May

21 March 2012

UFL - Kaya win , on top in Div 1

Kaya won 3-1 today against Nomads in UFL div 1

Joshua Beloya and Nate Burkey (2) scored for Kaya FC , Dominic William Mensah scored for Nomads

Nomads starting line-up: Blake, Johnson, Williams, Borrill, Connolly, Loic, Musters, Schaefer, Denison, Nnabuife, Ravelo

Kaya starting line-up: Garmaroudi, Del Rosario, Rizaei, Beloya, Semblat, Romero, Burkey, Omura, Moy, Boley, Kigbu

Azkals to battle Chinese booters

THE Philippine Azkals, fresh from a historic third-place finish in the recent Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup in Kathmandu, Nepal, will play China in a football extravaganza to mark Philippine Independence Day on June 12 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta told the Manila Standard that he is discussing plans for a feast of football during FIFA match dates on June 2, 5, 8 and 12.

Araneta said he plans to invite China for a game against the Azkals on June 12, with a possible game against Indonesia on June 5 also in Manila, and against Thailand or Vietnam on June 8, probably in Bacolod City.

“We want to bring back the Chinese crowd,” said the PFF president, referring to the major supporters of football in the 1960s and 1970s and had several club teams.

Araneta said that China failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and he was confident that with outstanding players such as Stephan Schrock, Dennis Cagara and Jerry Lucena available to reinforce the Challenge Cup squad, he is looking forward to a great game befitting the celebration of Philippine Independence Day.

Although China finished third behind Iraq and Jordan in the qualifiers and failed to secure a World Cup berth, the team salvaged some measure of pride with a 3-1 victory over Jordan, which had already qualified for the next round of competition.

Three losses and two wins left China in third place, with no chance of making it to Brazil.

Araneta also expressed his happiness over the Azkals’ third-place finish in Nepal.

“We were unlucky that in the semifinals, we didn’t have the services of James Younghusband and Angel Guirado because of two accumulated yellow cards and Jason Sabio, who was out with an injury,” said the PFF president. “Sabio is our best defender. We were really handicapped against Turkmenistan.”

Turkmenistan eventually lost, 1-2, to North Korea in the finals.

“It showed them that we can play but of course we have to pursue our development program around the country,” said Araneta.

(Published in the Manila Standard Today newspaper on /2012/March/22)

Major facelift looms for Azkals' home

The jubilant Philippine Azkals will have a new "home" fit for their heroic efforts when the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium undergoes a major facelift later this year.

As they press their bid to host the next AFC Challenge Cup – where the Azkals finished at a historic third place – and more international friendlies, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) entered into an agreement with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to dress up the current home of the Azkals with a world-class artificial turf.

In addition, they will renovate the facilities that will include a bigger dugout for players, additional seating capacity and a media lounge.

"FIFA representatives have already inspected the Rizal pitch and the renovation is scheduled to take place after the FIFA Friendlies in June," said PFF President Mariano "Nonong" Araneta.

The Rizal pitch will host an international rugby tournament this summer before it will be closed to let the field rest for the friendlies in June, where the federation is expecting a complete national squad in those FIFA match dates.

The PFF is arranging to have ASEAN rivals, possibly Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, play the Azkals in the early weeks running up to the country's Independence Day as part of the squad's buildup for the AFF Suzuki Cup in December.

It can be recalled that the Azkals lost their rights to a home match in the Suzuki Cup semis last year against Indonesia due to the lack of a playing venue that met FIFA standards.

After the friendlies, the major facelift will get underway and is expected to be completed in two to three months.


Palami asks public not to judge Azkals

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Azkals team manager Dan Palami is asking the Filipino people not to be quick to judge the members of the national football team who are embroiled in a sexual harassment issue.

"Tayo naman po na nasa publiko, 'wag muna po nating husgahan 'yung mga players," Palami said in an interview with ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo.

Prior to the Azkals' inspiring campaign in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup, the team became involved in controversy after match commissioner Cristy Ramos accused Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado of sexual harassment.

The case is now with the Disciplinary Committee of the Philippine Football Federation.

"I've done my own investigation, and I truly believe na walang intention ang mga players na i-disrespect ang match commissioner during the game," Palami said.

"But that's coming from somebody who is managing the team, so it will be good if the Disciplinary Committee will come up with the truth. But meanwhile, sana po 'wag muna nating husgahan 'yung mga team members na nasasangkot sa gulo at sa reklamo," he added.

Palami said he hopes the public will wait until the Disciplinary Committee has finalized its investigation and made a decision before they pass judgment on the Azkals.

"Hintayin natin 'yung desisyon, dahil mas objective po iyon at mas nakikita po nila 'yung buong kwento," he said.

Palami is set to submit his statement as the team manager to the PFF Disciplinary Committee, while the players are given until Friday to do so.

Ramos filed her complaint after allegedly being disrespected by Moy and Guirado while conducting a pre-match check prior to the Azkals friendly against Malaysia last February 29.

"Nagtataka sila lahat kung bakit nagkaroon ng problema," Palami said of the Azkals. "During that time wala naman silang nakitang magiging issue."

Azkals player Lexton Moy.
"Sabi ko nga minsan, 'yung mga sinasabi natin, nami-misinterpret, 'yung mga actions natin, lalo na 'pag hindi kabisado 'yung grupo, baka mabigyan ng ibang kahulugan," he added.

Palami has advised the team to be more careful with their words and actions.

"Just be more aware kung sinong mga tao na andiyan... Sometimes our private jokes, 'yung hindi naman jokes talaga, kwentuhan lang, iwasan na lang during the time of the inspection para hindi na ma misinterpret," he said.

Moy, for his part, said there is "absolutely no truth" to Ramos' allegations.

"I can't wait for the truth to come out, and when it does, the public will see a true, genuine side of what the team stands for, what the players stand for and what we're all about," Moy said.

Moy and Guirado will also present their statements to the PFF Disicplinary Committee.

"We want to go about this professionally and let the investigation takes it course," Moy added.

The Azkals are back in the Philippines after a historic third place finish in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup in Nepal. – With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News

20 March 2012

8th Del Monte Football Cup 2012 - Bukidnon

Del Monte Football Club (DMFC) in cooperation with Bukidnon Football Association (BUFA) invites you to participate in the 8th Del Monte Football Cup 2012. This annual tournament aims to instill to our young the ideals of teamwork, camaraderie, discipline and sportsmanship. The competition will also be a good test on the skills of your kids all the while creating beautiful moments of friendship. Our venue
offer Bukidnon breezes of fresh air while keeping the temperatures pleasant and playing conditions excellent.

The 8th Del Monte Football Cup 2012 will be on the 20th (Friday) and 21th (Saturday) of April 2012 at the Camp Phillips Football Grounds. A

Our staff of experienced tournament organizers has dedicated themselves to ensuring an enjoyable experience for you and your team. Our goal is to host the most competitive tournament in Bukidnon. No team has the luxury to have a bad game, the competition is just tough!
Let us be One world for One game! Play with different teams from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao on the 8th Del Monte Cup 2012 this summer.

To guarantee your teams' participation in the tournament, completely fill out and return the attached entry and registration forms on or before March 30, 2012. Walk-in participants will not be entertained.

If you have any questions regarding the tournament and updates, please contact Ronald Badayos at badayosre@delmonte-phil.com or delmontefootball@yahoo.com You may also contact Michael Barola at 09061589384.

Age groups :

a. Players 6 - Maximum of 10 Players (5-A-Side with GK)
b. Players 7 - Maximum of 10 Players (5-A-Side with GK)
c. Players 8 - Maximum of 12 Players (7-A-Side with GK)
d. Players 9 - Maximum of 12 Players (7-A-Side with GK)
e. Players 10 - Maximum of 12 Players (7-A-Side with GK)
f. Players 11 - Maximum of 12 Players (7-A-Side with GK)
g. Boys 12 - Maximum of 12 Players (7-A-Side with GK)
h. Boys 13 - Maximum of 12 Players (7-A-Side with GK)
i. Boys 14 - Maximum of 12 Players (7-A-Side with GK)
j. Boys 15 - Maximum of 12 Players (7-A-Side with GK)
k. Girls 17 - Maximum of 12 players (7-A-Side with GK)
l. Boys 17 - Maximum of 12 players (7-A-Side with GK)
m. Girls 13 - Maximum of 12 Players (7-A-Side with GK)
n. Women’s - Open

UFL - Wednesday and Thursday match

21 March 2012 (Wednesday) - 1st DIVISION

7:00 PM UMak M-31: Nomads Auction Manila FC vs Kaya FC

22 March 2012 (Thursday) - 1st DIVISION

7:00 PM UMak M-32: Pasargad FC vs Loyola Meralco Sparks FC

Next target for Azkals: Suzuki Cup finals

MANILA, Philippines – Following their fairy-tale run in the AFC Challenge Cup, the Philippine Azkals have set their sights on a new goal: reaching the AFF Suzuki Cup finals.

The Azkals made Philippine football history by finishing third in the Challenge Cup in Nepal.

They have set a higher goal by shooting for a finals finish in the Suzuki Cup.

“We have the AFF Suzuki Cup coming in and we hope that we do better from the semifinals that we ended up last time,” Azkals team manager Dan Palami told ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo following their arrival from Nepal.

The Philippine Azkals were suddenly noticed by a basketball-crazy nation after stamping a pivotal win over defending champion Vietnam and barged into the semifinals of the 2010 Suzuki Cup in Indonesia.

They duplicated the same feat in the 2012 Challenge Cup by nabbing a semifinal slot through successive wins over former champions India and Tajikistan.

The 9th edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup will take place from November 24 to December 22.

By virtue of its semifinals finish in 2010, the Philippines is already qualified for the finals group.

Other countries already included in the group are Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and defending champion Malaysia.


Azkals back in Manila after historic run in Nepal

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals are back home after their successful stint in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup in Nepal.

The Azkals secured their best finish ever in the tournament, beating Palestine in the battle for third.

Striker Phil Younghusband also received the Golden Boot award after scoring six goals, the most in this year’s tournament.

“Masayang masaya ako, pero nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng teammates ko kasi kung wala sila, imposible 'to,” Younghusband said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo.

Angel Guirado, who scored two goals for the Philippines, added that their third place finish would not have been possible without their team work.

“Talagang team work ang nangyari kaya kami nanalo,” he said in Spanish.

His brother, Juani, was also complimented for his goal during the Palestine game.

“Yes, my first goal is important. But what’s more important is the union of the team... maraming salamat,” he said.

The Azkals made a two-hour stopover in Cebu to meet some of their fans before heading to Manila on Tuesday afternoon.

Team manager Dan Palami was thankful for the reception accorded by their followers.

“We are happy to be back, there's no place like home. Tayong mga Pilipino 'pag nakakabalik sa bansa natin, talagang masayang masaya. That's why we're quite happy with the reception that we received here and, of course, being back kung saan kami belong,” said Palami.

Palace congratulates Azkals

Meanwhile, Malacañang commended the Philippine football team for its accomplishments in Nepal.

In a statement, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the team exceeded the expectations of its peers.

“The Aquino administration believes this is an attitude that all Filipinos can learn from and apply. Our Philippine Azkals have made all of us believe that when the Filipino remains dedicated, and works hard, then our country can continue enjoying success, both on and off the football pitch,” she said.

Despite being pitted against formidable teams like North Korea, India and Tajikistan, the Philippine Azkals managed to slip into the semifinals.

The Filipino booters lost its semis match-up to Turkmenistan, but finished strong against Palestine to nab third place.

It is the highest finish ever for any Philippine team in international football.


PFF Suzuki Cup U23 opens in Dumaguete

The Philippine Football Federation launched Sunday the PFF Suzuki Cup National Men’s Under 23 at the Silliman University ball field in Dumaguete City.

Cyril Dofitas, PFF tournament director, said Dumaguete hosts the Visayas cluster elimination with five teams competing -- Iloilo, Cebu, Leyte, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.

Dofitas said the eliminations is part of the process in selecting the players for the national team that will represent the country for the 26th Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia in 2013.

The regional elimination will use the double round robin system while the national championship will be the home-and-away format.

At least 10 teams will compete for the national elimination round to include three teams coming from the Visayas, three from Mindanao and four from Luzon.

He thanked Suzuki Philippines president Satoshi Uchida who committed to support the PFF in promoting football as one of the Philippines’ favorite sports.

Competition committee chairperson, Dick Emperado, said they are grateful that Dumaguete was selected as the venue for the national launching of the PFF Suzuki U23 Cup. He said all football events in Dumaguete gather a good number of crowds, which proves the awareness of the public in appreciation of football.

He added that holding national football events will help encourage parents to allow their children to play the sport including in this city which is home to great football players in the country.*PNA

Visayan Daily Star