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Azkals Lineup for China, Tajikistan Matches No Comments

From the Philippine Football Federation:

The Philippine Men’s National Team is set to play Tajikistan in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers scheduled on 13 June 2017 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The following 23 players are called up for the match against Tajikistan led by head coach Thomas Dooley:

  1. Amani AGUINALDO (Global Cebu)
  2. Fitch Johnson Daviz ARBOLEDA (Stallion Laguna)
  3. Misagh BAHADORAN (Global Cebu)
  4. Jeffrey CHRISTIAENS (Ceres Negros)
  5. Kenshiro Michael DANIELS (Kaya FC-Makati)
  6. Dominic Liam DEL ROSARIO (Ilocos United)
  7. Patrick Phillip DEYTO (Global Cebu)
  8. Kevin INGRESO (Ceres Negros)
  9. Hikaru MINEGISHI (Global Cebu)
  10. Jim Junior MUNOZ (Ceres Negros)
  11. Nicholas O’DONNELL (Global Cebu)
  12. Manuel OTT (Ceres Negros)
  13. Iain RAMSAY (Ceres Negros)
  14. Camelo TACUSALME (JPV Marikina)
  15. Antonio Miguel UGARTE (Kaya FC-Makati)
  16. Dennis VILLANUEVA (Global Cebu)
  17. Nathanael Ace VILLANUEVA (Meralco Manila)
  18. Luke WOODLAND (Ceres Negros)
  19. James Joseph YOUNGHUSBAND (Meralco Manila)
  20. Philip James YOUNGHUSBAND (Meralco Manila)
  21. Mike Rigoberto OTT (Angthong United)
  22. Javier PATIÑO (Henan Jianye)
  23. Daisuke SATO (Iasi)

The same players will also feature in the international friendly match against China PR on 7 June 2017 at the Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Centre Stadium in Guangzhou, China.

Global Cebu in Must-Win AFC Cup Match No Comments

Global Cebu FC’s AFC Cup hopes hang by a thread ahead of their AFC Cup ASEAN zonal semifinal second leg against Singaporean side Home United FC tonight at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.

Global looked all set to come away with the first leg win last May 16, but Stipe Plazibat came out of nowhere to snatch a late equalizer to give the Singaporean side the edge in the tie with two away goals.

Global coach Marjo Allado views this match as a do or die for his club especially with defender Amani Aguinaldo suspended for the match. A 1-0 win will be enough for Global to advance to the zonal finals scheduled this August.

“The tournament is a two-legged match which means if we don’t get the advantage in the first leg, we have a chance in the second leg to pull it off,” said Allado. “It’s do or die for us especially since we’re playing away. It will not be an easy game for us.”

The Cebu based squad had a demanding schedule leading up to the second-leg having played three games in a span of eight days. Global drew Home 2-2 last May 16 and followed that up with a 1-1 draw against Stallion Laguna last May 21. Their last match was a 3-1 win over Kaya FC Makati last May 24.

“We have to regroup and focus what’s in front of us,” said Allado. “The players are well prepared because the match is a deciding game.”

Goalkeeper Patrick Deyto echoed Allado’s words ahead of the crunch tie.

“We’re fresh and we’re gonna be coming here with the mindset to win,” said Deyto. “We have to do what we have to do to get in to the next round.”

The match kicks off at 8:30 PM and will be shown LIVE on Fox Sports 2 — CAL

Ceres Face Massive JDT Test No Comments

After a tough AFC Cup group stage, Ceres Negros FC look to finally go one step further in the knockout stages as they face Malaysian side Johor Darul Ta’zim tonight at the Larkin Stadium in Johor, Malaysia.

The Negros side fared well in the group stages with convincing wins at home over Tampines Rovers and Hanoi FC. Spanish forward Bienvenido Marañon made his mark for Ceres with seven goals to his name.

Ceres will be up against JDT which has been the biggest threat in the competition. JDT qualifed to the knockout stages as the best second placed team in Group F, just behind Global Cebu FC on points.

Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic has stuck to the same philosophy going into the match.

“Its a big challenge to play this game,” said Vidakovic. “I’m sure that my players will do everything to get a good result. My target for tomorrow is that my players give their one hundred percent.”

Skipper Manny Ott is also raring to face the fancied Malaysian side.

“We’re playing against a big club and that’s what we’re looking out for,” said Ott. “We are here to compete and are all excited to play a good game.”

Kick off is at 8:45 PM and the match will be shown live on Fox Sports 1. — CAL

Global Stunned as Home United Claim Late 2-2 Draw No Comments

Global Cebu FC squandered the opportunity to snatch an important AFC Cup ASEAN zonal semifinal first leg win after a 2-2 draw against Home United last night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Goals from Darryl Roberts and Amani Aguinaldo had already given Global a one-goal lead in the second half, but the Singaporean side dug deep in injury time and snuck in a late equalizer from Stipe Plazibat.
To make things worse heading in to the second leg, Global finished the match down to ten men after Aguinaldo was sent off in the last 15 minutes.
Global almost had the dream start when in the 10th minute they found the back of the net only to have the goal disallowed. Germaine Agustien found Shu Sasaki with an inviting long ball to the box only for the linesman to rule the winger offside.
However, the early setback did not dampen Global’s mood and they were rewarded five minutes later. Roberts finished off a fine build-up play in the Home box.
Despite Global’s attacking threat, the visitors somehow found a way to draw level in the 34th minute. Faris Ramli found the time to cut it back for an on-rushing Adam Swandi to finish. The first half ended at 1-1.
Aguinaldo restored Global’s lead just eight minutes from the restart. The defender provided a fine finish after Home United failed to clear their lines from the corner kick.
However, Aguinaldo turned from hero to villain when he was sent off in the 75th minute. The defender picked up two quick yellow cards and will now miss the second leg.
Global almost killed off the match late on, but Home goalkeeper and Singapore international Hassan Sunny kept both Hikaru Minegishi and Misagh Bahadoran at bay with two crucial saves.
Home’s efforts were ultimately rewarded right at the final whistle. A late corner found Plazibat in the box and he pounced on the chance to claim the equalizer and increase their away goal tally.
The two sides will meet again on May 30 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore to determine which side advances to the zonal final in August. — CAL

Global Eye AFC Cup Zonal Semifinal First Leg Win No Comments

Global Cebu FC’s AFC Cup campaign shifts into higher gear as they take on Singaporean side Home United in the first leg of the ASEAN Zonal semifinals tonight at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

This is the first time that Global has advanced to the knockout stages after missing out in 2015. Global had a remarkable run in the group stages. The Dan Palami-backed squad won five out of six games, including a 3-2 shock home win over favorites Johor Darul Ta’zim, to finish on top of Group F.

The Zonal semifinals will be played over two legs with the second leg scheudled on May 31st at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. A win tonight will see Global move a step closer to the Zonal final which will be held in August.

Assistant coach Marjo Allado has taken the interim role as head coach after Toshiaki Imai exited the club prior to the start of the PFL.

Allado is confident that Global can deliver the win over Home United, which currently sits in third place in the S.League.

“The focus here is to keep our mentality intact, keep on winning and get the first leg win at home,” said Allado. “It’s not an easy game for us, but we are used to playing games like these.”

Global will miss defender Wesley Dos Santos due to suspension. On the other hand, skipper Misagh Bahadoran is set to return to the squad after missing several matches due to injury.

The match kicks off at 7:30 PM and will be shown live on Fox Sports 1. Tickets will be available at the venue. — CAL

PFF to Issue Club Licenses to 8 Clubs for the Inaugural Season of the Philippines Football League No Comments

The Philippine Football Federation is set to issue to eight (8) clubs that have applied to participate in the Philippines Football League.
These 8 clubs, after evaluation of their submissions, have substantially complied with the criteria imposed by the PFF Club Licensing Regulations.
The commercialization of the PFL and its financial model was completed with the assistance of Red Card Global, an international sports marketing agency based in Singapore. The agency is also the exclusive commercial agent of the PFL for the next 6 years, tasked with growing the league’s commercial potential both locally and internationally.
PFF President Mariano V. Araneta stated: “The success of the National League is very important for the further growth of Philippine football. I thank all stakeholders, including the upcoming sponsors, private club investors, stadia owners, players and football fans in keeping faith with us in the PFF to have this professional football league.”
Executive Chairman of Red Card Global R. Sasikumar also said: “We are proud to have played a part in assisting the PFF in this endeavor. It is our hope that this model propels Philippine football to a new level. With 100 million people in the Philippines and another 10 million outside the country, commercially this provides huge opportunities for the PFL.”
The PFL is set to sign terms with national broadcaster, People’s Television Network, Inc. (PTV), to be the Free-To-Air partner for the inaugural season of the PFL. Several other broadcast deals are now being discussed and will be confirmed before the start of the season.
The 8 clubs and nominated home stadia are Ceres Negros FC (Panaad Park and Stadium, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental); Davao Aguilas FC (Davao del Norte Sports & Tourism Stadium, Tagum City); Global Cebu FC (University of San Carlos Stadium, Cebu City); Ilocos United FC (President Elpidio Quirino Stadium-Vigan, Ilocos Sur); JPV Marikina FC (Marikina Sports Complex, Marikina City); Kaya FC-Makati (UMak Football Stadium, Makati City); and Stallion Laguna FC (Binan Football Stadium, Binan City, Laguna). Loyola Meralco Sparks FC is nominating Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila.
Each licensed club will need to sign a franchise agreement with the PFF to be able to compete in the PFL.
The PFL will have a formal launch on 20 April 2017 with the kick-off of the first match scheduled on Saturday, 29 April 2017 (venue TBA).
Participating clubs will play on a Home-and-Away format, with the top 4 clubs after two (2) rounds competing in a Finals Series. Matches will be played every Saturdays and Sundays, with the first match slated on 4:00PM-6:00PM time slot. The fixtures and the broadcast schedule of live matches will be announced during the launch.
04 April 2017
Atty. Edwin B. Gastanes
PFF General Secretary

Ceres Misfire in Scoreless Draw with Felda No Comments

Ceres Negros FC dropped two crucial points after a scoreless draw against Malaysian side Felda United in the AFC Cup last night at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

Goalkeeper Roland Muller was the Bacolod side’s savior with a penalty save at the hour mark to keep Ceres in the hunt for a spot to the next round. Ceres are currently at the top of Group G with five points, level with Hanoi FC, who defeated Tampines Rovers, 4-0, in the other group match.

Almost 9,000 people were in attendance to witness the match. However, a repeat of the massive win over Tampines was not meant to be as the home side were left frustrated by their lack of finishing.

Manuel Herrera almost had it in the 10th minute, the Spaniard was at the end of a Manny Ott corner, but could only divert his header wide.

The game went on with both sides left frustrated by their questionable finishing, and by the 60th minute, disaster struck for Ceres.

A clumsy challenge from Carli de Murga on Norshahrul Idlan inside the Ceres box left the referee with no choice but to award the penalty to the visitors. Lucas Cano stepped up to take the penalty, but Muller was equal to it, diving to his right to preserve the scoreline. Both teams settled in the latter stages of the match to collect a solitary point.

The two sides will meet again on April 4, at the Shah Alam Stadium. — CAL

Global Yields to JDT, Goes Down to Second in Group F No Comments

Global FC put up a spirited fight away from home but were unable to hold Johor Darul Ta’zim as the Malaysian side came away with a 4-0 win last night at the Larkin Stadium in Johor, Malaysia.

Two quickfire goals from Johor in the first half broke the backs of Global, who dropped points for the first time this season to go down to second place. JDT are now on top of Group F with seven points, one more than Global.

Johor took the lead in the 31st minute when Mahali Jasuli rifled a shot that ricocheted off the post and into the goal.

The hosts then made it 2-0 from the spot just three minutes later. Ahmad Bakri made a meal of Amani Aguinaldo’s shoulder challenge in the box, forcing the referee to point to the spot. Johor captain Safiq Rahim scored from the spot, sending the ball into the bottom left corner. Johor led at the half, 2-0.

Global put on a better second half, finding chances on goal and almost scoring. Substitute OJ Clarino came close in the 73rd minute but was denied by Izham Tarmizi. Shu Sasaki also had a golden opportunity in the 83rd minute from a back heel flick by Aguinaldo but Tarmizi made a good save on the one-on-one.

However, Johor would score two more goals in quick succession late in the match to complete the rout. Brian Ferreira dribbled past the Global defense and had a clean look in the 88th minute. Marcos Antonio added a fourth goal in the second minute of injury time with a bullet of a header from the free kick.

The two teams will meet again, this time at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, on April 5. — CAL

Ceres Eye Second AFC Cup Win No Comments

Ceres Negros FC gun for another win in the AFC Cup, this time against Malaysian side Felda United in front of an expected sell out crowd tonight at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod, Negros Occidental.

Ceres are coming off a dominating 5-0 win over Tampines Rovers to go on top of Group F. Bienvenido Marañon netted a brace, while Iain Ramsay, Manny Ott, and Fernando Rodriguez added in to the goals.

However, Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic does not expect the same performance against the Malaysian side. Felda United are at the bottom of the group with a single point after drawing Hanoi FC, 1-1, last week.

“(The game against Tampines) is finished. We have a different opponent, for me much better, more organized,” said Vidakovic. “It will not be easy to beat them but I hope the players will be ready to try to win the game”

Once again, the boisterous home crowd will be a crucial factor in the match. The Local Organizing Committee have allotted more than 8,000 tickets for the match, all of which were sold out days leading to the match.

“We are really looking forward for this game,” said Ceres goalkeeper Roland Muller. “Hoping once again for the home support like the last game.”

The match kicks off at 7:30 PM and it will be shown LIVE on FOX Sports. — CAL

Global Face Daunting Task Against JDT No Comments

Global FC face a challenging tie in the AFC Cup when they meet Malaysia powerhouse Johor Darul Ta’zim tonight at the Larkin Stadium in Johor, Malaysia.

The Dan Palami-backed club are on a roll in Group F having won their first two matches. Global defeated Burmese side Magwe FC, 1-0, on Matchday One and proceeded to defeat Cambodia’s Boeung Ket Angkor, 2-0, last week. Global are in first place in Group F with six points with Johor behind with four points.

Following their win in Phnom Penh, Global headed straight to Johor, where they have been training all week for the match against the 2015 AFC Cup champions. Over the weekend, Global’s coaching staff went to the stadium to watch Johor defeat UITM FC, 4-0, in the Malaysia FA Cup.

“Tomorrow, we will meet them and it is a good opportunity for us,” said Global coach Toshiaki Imai. “I’m happy to come here and I think Johor Darul Ta’zim is a very big club in South East Asia.”

However, injuries have continued to hamper Global’s preparation. The club fielded only 16 players for the two away games in the competition.

“I’m concerned very much with the (injury) situation,” added Imai. “(Johor) have many good players, and we expect a lot of defending from us.”

Global captain Misagh Bahadoran expects the match against Johor will be one of the toughest matches his team will play and he says they are eager to upset the Malaysian side. The last Philippine side to face Johor was Kaya FC, which lost to them, 7-2, in the AFC Cup Round of 16 last year.

“Johor is a strong team, but we are at the top of the table,” said Bahadoran. “They are the top team in South East Asia but this is football. However, Philippine football is getting better and Global is a better team now. It’s going to be a tough game and they’re the one under pressure because they need to get the points.”

Kick off for the match is at 8:45 PM, The match will be shown LIVE on FOX Sports. — CAL

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