28 February 2017

JP Voltes Fc 2-2 Ceres Negros FC

February 28/9:20 K.O/35min×2/Mckinley stadium
JP Voltes FC 2-2(1st 1-1) Ceres Negros FC
Scorer: Takumi Uesato, Celiz, John

GK: Gasic, Nelson(50min→Tripulca, Felipe Jr.)(65min→Aban, Elijah)
DF: Elnar, Alexandro(50min→Fadrigalan, Peter John) Tacusalme, Camelo /  Basa, David Mark(50min→Unabia, Lemuel) Belgira, Kou ichi
MF: Canedo, Robert(50min→Cutamora, Jayson) Sean, Patrick Kane(50min→Daishi Takano) Angeles, Alen Franco(50min→Celiz, John) Baguioro, J / Takashi Odawara
FW: Takumi Uesato(47min→Altiche, Aaron)


26 February 2017

Jose Montelibano scores equalizer in injury time as La Salle booters escape with draw vs UST

LA Salle and University of Santo Tomas settled for a point apiece in the UAAP Season 79 men's football tournament as the two teams battled to a 2-2 draw on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Jose Montelibano scored in injury time of the second half to deny the Tigers of their second win in the tournament.
The Green Archers had to storm back twice in the game after Jayson Rafol scored on opposite halves for the Tigers.
Rafol scored his first goal in the 25th minute after La Salle failed to clear the ball off the free kick.
Marcus Garcia equalized 11 minutes later before Rafol once again put the Tigers ahead in the 50th minute of the game.
The Tigers looked poised to take all three points after that but Montelibano had other plans as he scored off a rebound in his own shot to salvage at least a point for his team.
The draw allowed UST to stay within the top four with seven points as La Salle stayed at fifth with six.

Read more at http://www.spin.ph/football/news/uaap-season-79-la-salle-ust-jose-montelibano-jayson-rafol#SqdtLCZZWctRtW8I.99

Veteran Aly Borromeo looks forward to national football league

THE inaugural season of the Philippines Football League (PFL) kicks off this summer and one player looking forward to it is veteran Aly Borromeo, seeing how the league could potentially further the development of the sport in the country.

Currently playing for Kaya Futbol Club, Mr. Borromeo and his team will be among those competing in the PFL, which will serve as the country’s national football league.

The league, under the auspices of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), is envisioned to make football development more far-ranging and grassroots as possible with teams representing different regions in the country.

In its first year, the PFL hopes to have at least eight teams in its rosters of teams.

“I’m looking forward to the start of the PFL in April. We are currently preparing for it. It has a new format and we are set to go to different places and I’m excited playing in it,” said Mr. Borromeo in a recent interview with BusinessWorld.

The 33-year-old Borromeo, who was a former member of the Philippine men’s national football team, or “Azkals,” went on to say that the PFL has a lot of potential in promoting the sport and sustaining the renewed interest in football in the Philippines.

“I’m excited for the fans as well as they get to see the different teams competing. They get to see their favorite players playing for their home team,” Mr. Borromeo said.

“The PFL can also help in sustaining what the Azkals have achieved as far as creating interest in football, sustaining it and gaining for the sport new fans,” he added.

In the PFL, Kaya will be representing Makati City and will have the University of Makati (UMak) Stadium as its home field.

“We used to play at UMak five years ago. I think it is great to be going back there and getting the same vibe again,” he said.

As for the kind of team they will be having in the PFL, Mr. Borromeo said fans should expect Kaya going all out each time they take the field.

“We’re not the strongest of teams but we always take pride in playing hard as a team and showing a lot of heart whenever we play,” he said.

But while Mr. Borromeo expressed excitement over the setting up of the PFL, he also said that he hopes the United Football League (UFL), where teams now in the PFL used to play, would not be totally eliminated from the football picture in the country.

“The UFL was a great stepping for the setting up of the PFL. We were part of it (UFL) for the longest time and had greatest memories in it and hopefully it doesn’t totally go away. Maybe it could still go on as a complement to the PFL,” said Mr. Borromeo.

Apart from Kaya, clubs also set to see action in the inaugural PFL include Ceres-Negros FC (Bacolod), Global Queen City (Cebu City), Loyola Meralco Sparks (Taguig) and Stallion-Laguna (Biñan). -- Michael Angelo S. Murillo


Philippines, Malaysia Set For Friendly Match

The Philippine Men’s National Team is set to face Malaysia in a friendly match on March 22, 2017 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Ticket details and other pertinent information will be announced in good time.
Malaysia currently sits at 162 in the FIFA rankings while the Philippines are at 122. The last encounter between the two national teams was on April 27, 2014  where the match ended in a 0-0 draw. Before that was on March 1, 2014 in Selayang, Malaysia which also resulted in a 0-0 draw.


25 February 2017

Ceres-Negros Fc : AFC Cup complimentary tickets

Six-hundred complimentary tickets (1200 total) for the March 7 game will be given out tomorrow, Sunday (Feb26) 4PM, in each of the following venues:

Robinson's Place Bacolod

888 Mall Bacolod
Only one ticket per person will be given.

Tickets for the March 7 game will be given out tomorrow, Tuesday (Feb28) 5PM, in each of the following venues:

Robinson's Place Bacolod
888 Mall Bacolod

24 February 2017

Ceres edge over Rovers at home expected

By Henry G. Double

CERES Negros FC, after drawing with Ha Noi FC one-all, is now focusing on taking their game a level higher as they face Singapore’s Tampines Rovers on March 7 at the Paanad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City. Ceres FC edged Rovers, 2-1 in their face-off at the Panaad Stadium last year, but the Singapore side currently leads the group after its 2-1 victory over Felda of Malaysia and their morale is high, looking forward for another strong game. The Negros Occidental-based club draw with Ha Noi FC Tuesday night in the AFC Cup Group G opener at the My Dinh National Stadium defying the 2,600-crowd in Vietnam. The Risto Vidakovic-mentored Busmen came out prepared forcing the host to a scoreless draw in the first 45 minutes of the game. Bienvenido Marañon finally broke the deadlock with a 49th minute goal as the adopted son of Negros province scored on a rebound play after Hanoi goalkeeper Phi Minh Long blocked Manuel Herrera's header. Ha Noi didn’t disappoint their fans as Nguyen Van Quyet equalized in the 57th minute with an acrobatic scissor-kick past Ceres FC keeper Rolando Muller. Ha Noi took control of the entire game with a 68-32 percent ball possession, but Ceres Negros held on with an 18-13 on ball interceptions. Starters for the Ceres FC were keeper Muller, defenders Manuel Lopez, Carli de Murga, Jeffrey Christiaens and Junior Munoz; midfielders Marañon, Kevin Ingreso, Iain Ramsay, and Martin Pineda Steuble; and forwards Manuel Ott and Fernando Ortega. Meanwhile, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has been working double time to ensure that the staging of the home games will be in place particularly the security management at the stadium. The LOC is expected to announce the availability of the tickets next week as Negrense fans have long been waiting for another home match for the Ceres Negros FC which can gather nearly 10,000 fans at the Panaad Park and Stadium.

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/sports/2017/02/24/ceres-edge-over-rovers-home-expected-527584

22 February 2017

Azkals prepare for Asian Cup qualifiers

MANILA, Philippines — With a month to go before the Asian Cup qualifiers campaign for the Azkals, which kicks off March 28 against Nepal, the team is set to participate in some friendlies.
According to Azkals team manager Dan Palami, the team has been in touch with three overseas signees for the squad: a midfielder, defender and forward, who have yet to confirm in joining but have shown intent. Their names have been in the rounds in social media.
They are also in the process of securing Filipino passports to be eligible for the squad.
The Azkals are bracketed in Group F of the third round of the 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers, along with Nepal, Yemen and Tajikistan.


Global looks to build on winning AFC Cup start

CHAMPION Philippine club Global FC got its 2017 AFC Cup campaign to a good start, topping Myanmar’s Mangwe FC, 1-0, in their opening Group F play on Tuesday night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, something it hopes to use as a springboard to a solid bid in Asia’s secondary club football tournament hosted by the Asian Football Confederation.

Started slow in the match, Global eventually broke through before the opening half came to a close, with skipper Misagh Bahadoran finding the net off a fine cross from teammate Matthew Hartmann in the 39th minute to go up, 1-0.

Boosted by its strong finish in the first half, “The People’s Club,” as Global is referred to, continued to take it to Mangwe, getting into scoring position a couple of times but was not able to convert.

But Mr. Bahadoran’s opening-half goal proved to be enough to secure the win for Global, a double winner last year at the United Football League, and earn its first three points in the tournament’s group play.

New defender signing Wesley Santos from Brazil was named man of the match for his match-long defensive brilliance, and the Brazilian was happy to help the team to the win in his Global debut.

“My first match was difficult. But I’m happy we got the win and the three points,” said Mr. Santos through a translator in the postmatch press conference.

For Global coach Toshiaki Imai, while they welcome the win, he said they still need to fine-tune their game to achieve their best as a team.

“I saw in today’s game that some of our players have to improve on their conditioning. We also have to stay aggressive and step up our defense and counter-attacking. We will continue to work and be ready,” said Mr. Imai, himself new to the team having joined it only last month.

Global next plays away on March 7 against Boeung Key Ankor of Cambodia before traveling to Malaysia a week later for another away match versus Johor Darul Ta’zim.

Meanwhile, another Philippine club, Ceres-Negros FC, managed to notch a point after holding host team Ha Noi FC to a 1-1 draw in their opening AFC Cup Group G encounter also on Tuesday night.

Forward Bienvenido Maranon scored for the “Busmen” in the 49th minute to help his team to the lead only to be answered by Ha Noi midfielder Nguyen Van Quyet in the 57th minute to force a tie which held the rest of the way.

Ceres next faces Singapore’s Tampines Rovers on its home field Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City on March 7. -- Michael Angelo S. Murillo