By Ivan Gayares Stephan Schröck is officially back with Ceres-Negros FC. The dynamic player returns after having a loan spell with the club last year. He will be available for the Busmen in the upcoming Philippines Football League including the opening match where they will play Kaya FC on May 6th at the University of Makati Stadium. http://ceresfootball.com/stephan-schrock-back-in-the-fold/
Stallion Laguna FC braces for a tough competition in the inaugural Philippines Football League (PFL) that opens May 6.
The Stallions, who will make their debut in the second game against FC Meralco Manila, have high hopes of getting a breakthrough performance in the tournament.
“To be the champions is our goal. Stallion will always go for the championship. It’s always our goal,” team coowner and head coach Ernest Nierras told The Manila Times.
But he admitted it won’t be easy as the other teams are also bent on capturing the inaugural PFL title.
“They all want to win. None of these teams here want to be second place. Everybody has the ambition to win this. If not, they will not be joining,” Nierras added.
Nierras said high-caliber clubs Ceres Negros FC and Global FC are still the teams to beat this season especially with their strong performance in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.
“Whoever wins the championship or progresses to the continental stage, we will wish them luck. But for now, Global and Ceres are the teams to beat. They set the standard already on how the teams need to perform in the international stage,” he said.
So far, the training is running smoothly for the Stallions according to Nierras.
“Well, honestly, we were happy with the things are currently going. It started unlike the way we wanted to. I remember at the end of last season, I made an announcement that I want to keep the same players but life is life. Things do not happen like the way you plan,” he stated.
The Stallions won the Invitational Cup that they hosted at the Biñan Football Stadium after beating FC Meralco Manila, 2-0, last March.
“My players are winners. They always want to win. Once we step on the pitch and once we wear that jersey, it means that we are ready to play,” Nierras concluded.
The Philippine men’s football team will be facing Asian powerhouse China in a friendly match on June 7, according to Azkals team manager Dan Palami.
The exhibition match is part of the team’s preparation for the Asian Cup third round qualification match against Tajikistan on June 13 at the Pamir Stadium in Dushanbe.
“We’ll prepare for that and hopefully we get the new players that we want as well,” Palami said.
The Philippines will try to ride on the momentum it generated in its 4-1 trashing of Nepal last March at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
The Azkals, with three points, are currently tied with Yemen but hold a narrow a two-point advantage on goal difference to take the pole position in Group F.
Meanwhile, Palami revealed that they are eyeing the services of two new foreign-based recruits to be part of their roster for the Asian Cup qualifiers.
Palami did not identify the players but online reports are pointing to Filipino-German Raphael Obermair and Filipino-Swedish Jesper Nyholm as possible additions to the Azkals roster.
Obermair, 21, plays as a right wing striker for German Bayern Munich FC’s second team while Nyholm, 23, is a center back out of AIK Fotboll in the Swedish first division.
“One of them is already in the lineup of a strong team in the Bundesliga. The other one, unfortunately, the national team of the other country took interest in him. So, he will try that first and maybe come back to us if its not successful,” said Palami.
DAVAO Region Athletic Association (Davraa) elementary football team opened its title-retention bid by eking out a 3-0 shutout victory over Calabarzon at the start of the Palarong Pambansa 2017 at St. Anthony College in Antique over the weekend. Palaro 2016 elementary football champion Davraa relied on Jhojie Fernandez who knocked in two goals as teammate Emmanuel Loquero added one goal to help lift the Rey Henry "Ewee" De Leon-coached squad take the debut win. De Leon earlier told SunStar Davao that they will take each game at a time and not pressure his boys to defend the crown. Davraa, however, held Mimaropa to a scoreless draw in bracket A when action resumed on Monday. "May ilang finishing natin na hindi na convert into goals. Sayang nga eh," De Leon said in a text interview, adding that players of both teams have similar height. The seasoned coach also said, "It's difficult to say na makukuha natin ulit ang gold pero sana makuha natin." Next game is set tomorrow at 8 a.m. opposite Central Visayas. The Davraa secondary football team forced a 2-2 standoff with Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) behind the back-to-back goals of team captain Justin Luis Uy of Ateneo de Davao University at the University of Antique. Alex Adolfo is coaching the Davraa secondary booters who were pitted against Zamboanga Peninsula Region as of Monday evening. The team is also composed of Enrico Miguel Magno, Jose Antonio Lopez, Miguel Royo, Gabriel Leyson, Joshua Joseph de Luna, Andrei Amir Amaikurut, Martin Antepuesto, Kyrt Anton Dimaandal of Ateneo; Jhon Mark Diamat of Emar Human and Environmental College; Angelo Paring of Rizal Memorial Colleges; Raymund Casona and Krist Kenneth Igpit of the University of Mindanao; Norjhon Gandarosa of Maco Atty. Orlando S Rimando National High School; Pachecko Bugas of Nabunturan Comprehensive National High School; Jumar Nino Quipit of Hagonoy National High School in Davao del Sur; Roel Jr. Zamorano of Mati National Comprehensive High School and Noel Capuyan, Jr. of Mintal Comprehensive High School
The Negros Island Region secondary football team wonover Central Luzon, 8-2, in Group A at the height of simultaneous matches on the second day of the 2017 PalarongPambansain Antique on Sunday.
Central Luzon IX started with shooting two consecutive goals in the first 20 minutes of the match but NIR seized the momentum with five successive goals from Joshua Broce, Jayson Galve and Christian Peñalosa for a 5-2 scoreline at the break.
The Negrense footballers remained on attacking mode in the second half as they Broce completed a hatrick while Luis Caluor had a brace to seal the win for NIR. The team will play against Northern Mindanao today at 2:15 p.m.
The rout was the first win for the Negrensebooters whose first match against the National Capital Region on Saturday ended in a 1-1 draw.
Composed of players from the cities of San Carlos, Victorias, Bago, Bacolod and Dumaguete, the team is mentored by head coach Joe Marie Dolino with Jose Rey Nanalabe and VirgilioSubradoas assistant coaches.
Meanwhile, NIR elementary booters keeps a 2-0 win-loss card going into third assignment today against the Cordillera region.
The team, with the core of its players from Bacolod City, beat Eastern Visayas, 3-0, and Northern Mindanao, 4-1, in their first two matches.*MLG
Make Kaya FC–Makati history with us on May 6! We play our first-ever PFL home game at the University of Makati (UMak). Ticket prices: P20 for field-side section and P350 for grandstand. Tickets to the May 6 game can be used for our second home game!