30 October 2014

Azkals shorthanded vs Nepal

By Cedelf Tupas

Cranking up its preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup next month, a shorthanded Philippines faces Nepal on Friday at Al Ahli Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
It will mark the second time the two countries are playing against each other this year with the Azkals seeking a repeat of their 3-0 drubbing of the Nepalese side last April.
Kickoff is at 7:40 p.m. (12:40 a.m. Saturday in Manila) with the Azkals hoping to buck the absence of several key players who were not released by UFL club Ceres La Salle.
Midfielders Jerry Lucena, Paul Mulders and Martin Steuble are returning to the side but the Azkals will miss Ceres aces Patrick Reichelt, Jeffrey Christiaens, Manny Ott and Juani Guirado as well as Jason de Jong, who quit the national side last week.
Still, the Azkals have plenty of firepower up front with Mark Hartmann, who fired four goals in the 5-0 win over Papua New Guinea this month, partnering with Phil Younghusband.
Alvaro Silva, the touted Fil-Spanish defender, has also linked up with the team in Doha, but remains unlikely to suit up against the Nepalese as he has yet to secure his Filipino passport. Amani Aguinaldo and Rob Gier are expected to pair up at central defense, with Daisuke Sato and Simone Rota occupying the leftback and rightback positions, respectively.

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Oldham signs Neil Etheridge !

Oldham Athletic have boosted their defensive options with the signing of goalkeeper Neil Etheridge on a short-term contract, subject to Football League clearance.

The former Chelsea and Fulham goalkeeper has been training with Latics and appeared in the behind-closed-doors fixture with Bury on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old enjoyed spells on loan with Charlton Athletic, Bristol Rovers and Crewe Alexandra and is a full Phillipines international. 

Etheridge signs until December 30 and goes straight into the squad to face Bristol City on Saturday.

Manager Lee Johnson commented on the signing: "It is a good signing for us. He has a decent reputation in football and he's a good goalkeeper that is lacking a bit of experience.

"He comes in to push Rachubka for the number one spot."

Etheridge will wear the number 38 shirt with Oldham Athletic.

Read more at http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/news/article/20141030-oldham-athletic-sign-neil-etheridge-2051321.aspx#OXY87Z6HMAXwHvZ5.99

29 October 2014

Al Ahli set up Philippines-Nepal charity match in Doha

Ikoli Victor


QATAR Stars League (QSL) club Al Ahli on Tuesday announced plans to raise money for building a permanent site for the Philippine School Doha through an international friendly match between Philippine and Nepal at Al Arabi Stadium in Doha on Friday.

The match will feature the national teams of both countries with famous musical artistes to entertain the large Filipino and Nepali communities.

Speaking at the press conference, Philippine ambassador HE Crescente Relacion said:"First of all I would like to thank the QSL and QFA for making this a reality. Also I want to thank the Ahli club for their commitment in making this possible to support the Philippine Doha School.

"This is a grand match because the two nations. The last time we met we won. We are inviting the Filipino and Nepali communities and expatriates to come and watch this match," the ambassador said.

"To spice up the match, Al Ahli Sports Club has invited famous music artistes from both the countries to entertain fans before and after the game," he added.

Khalid Mubarak al Kuwari, Chief Operations Officer of QFA, said:"We are proud to see two national teams with large expat presence coming to play in Qatar with Ahli club as the facilitator."

He added that QFA President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al Thani welcomes the development and is happy with the initiative as it blends sports and education.

"The match proceeds is going towards the building project of the Philippine School Doha," al Kuwari said.

Hassan al Kuwari, QSL Head of Events, said,"This is a new initiative from Ahli club as part of their social responsibility which is different from the last one (to raise money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines). This is focuses on education and sport."

"Qatar Stars League will donate 5,000 tickets to be sold that will be donated to the Philippine School Doha," the QSL official added.

The principal of the school, Dr Alexander S Acosta expressed his gratitude to the football authorities and enjoined football enthusiasts to come enmasse to cheer their compatriots.

"This initiative has shown the interest of the authorities in Qatar to help us actualise our dream. The QFA and QSL have been very supportive in the past. And now they have shown it again.

According to the principal, the school was opened 22 years ago and will eternally be grateful for the support of Ahli club that facilitated the initiative. 

"We will not forget this contribution by QFA and QSL in helping us in our time of need," he concluded.

Ahli spokesperson Yacoub Nasser thanked the QFA and QSL for supporting the event.

He also expressed gratitude to the Filipino and Nepali communities for attending the matches of Al Ahi in the past three season.

Al Ahli have a long-standing relationship with the Filipino community, with fans regularly involved in community initiatives and attending matches. The last match between the two nations was in April at the same venue for Friday's match. The Philippines were 3-0 winners.

Qatar Tribune

USLS keeps men’s football title

A goal from Ressi Ramos in the 7th minute was all that the University of St. La Salle-Ceres football team needed as they beat NCAA champion San Beda College, 1-0, to retain the men’s football championship in the 19th Philippine University Games at the Central Philippine University Football Field yesterday.

Keeping the gold medal they won last year and registering his 8th Unigames title, veteran football coach Freddie “Nene” Lazarito said he was happy for his players who bucked all the challenges and displayed their maturity during the tournament.

He expressed his gratitude to the St. La Salle administrators and the management of Ceres Transport, who showed their confidence to the team.

Visayan Daily Star

Ceres players to miss Qatar friendlies

Jaelle Nevin Reyes

Ceres FC club director Ali Go says their club would not release Jeffrey Christiaens, Juani Guirado, Manny Ott and Patrick Reichelt for national team duty over what the team feels is an unhealthy schedule

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the upcoming preparations going into the Suzuki Cup on November, several national team booters playing for Ceres La Salle FC will have to miss the Qatar training camp due to their duties to their club.
As part of the build up of the Azkals ahead of their forthcoming tournament, the team management headed by Coach Thomas Dooley opted to hold a two-game training camp in Doha, Qatar in which they will face the Nepalese national team and Qatari club Al Ahli SC.
In line with this, the Azkals management has summoned 21 players, 5 coming from Ceres FC, to join the training camp.
But they'll be without Jeffrey Christiaens, Juani Guirado, Manny Ott and Patrick Reichelt. According to Ceres FC club director Ali Go says that their club would not be releasing its players for their national team duty due to the unhealthy schedule that it would pose for the players of their club.
“It's true that we did not release our players for the national team friendly in Qatar,” Go told Rappler in an interview. “The main reason is very obvious; the schedule is not good at all for the players.
“I think they have to think about the players’ health and recovery and also the club’s situation,” he added.
“If you’re trying to be professional we should start from the right schedule of games [because] recovery of players [is important].”
Ceres La Salle FC have qualified for the semis of the United Football League (UFL) FA League Cup after trouncing Stallion FC, 3-1, during the quarterfinals of the tournament. They are scheduled to face Pachanga Diliman FC for the semifinals on November 4th.
Meanwhile, coach Go stated that they already released Paul Mulders for the overseas training camp as he has yet to make his debut appearance for his new club.
Nevertheless, the club director emphasized that upon the end of the current UFL tournament, they will be prepared to release their players for their duties to the national team. – Rappler.com

Azkals' friendly vs Thailand removed from Fifa schedule but PFF says match will push through

From: Karlo Sacamos

THE Philippine men’s football team’s friendly against Thailand in Nakhon Ratchasima next month will push through as scheduled, according to the Philippine Football Federation. There was confusion when the match slated November 10 was removed from the Azkals’ schedule on the website of football's world governing body Fifa. But PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes said the match will be played and they have not received communication from their counterparts in Thailand of a possible cancellation. “The match in Thailand is a go as far as PFF is concerned,” Gastanes told Spin.ph on Wednesday, adding that Thailand is perhaps just completing the necessary documents for Fifa authorization before announcing the match intended for the preparations of both countries for the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup. “There is no advice to the contrary from Thailand, which, as host, takes care of securing Fifa authorization.” Gastanes also confirmed another friendly for the Filipino footballers against Cambodia on November 14 in Manila in what could be their last match before plunging into action in the Suzuki Cup kicking off Nov. 22. “It was worked out during the last few days.” The Thomas Dooley-mentored Azkals are in Doha for a friendly against Nepal on Friday. 

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Azkals updates Wednesday

Azkals arrived Doha on Tuesday , they will be playing friendly against Nepal on Friday.

Ceres Fc players did not go to Qatar , but it seems that Paul Mulders will be joining Azkals in Qatar. Mulders who has signed for Ceres Fc has not played any matches yet for them.

Jerry Lucena is leaving today for Qatar reporting his club's website.

 Martin Steuble's club is playing MLS Cup playoffs on Thursday , but he has been listed in the Azkals squad list for Nepal.

Alvaro Silva Linares , fil-Spanish player from Kuwaiti club Al-Qadsia will be joining the training camp. He has not yet got his Filipino passport and cant play in the Nepal friendly.

Kenshiro Daniels is injured and did not play for Kaya in the UFL quarterfinals , but is in Qatar training camp.

PFF has not announced a updated squad list for the training camp.

fifa.com has removed the friendly on Nov 10 between Thailand  and Philippines from their fixtures
http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=phi/index.html  Not clear if this friendly match is cancelled or will be moved.

28 October 2014

Azkals to play Cambodia in last tuneup before Suzuki Cup

The Philippine national men’s football team will be facing Cambodia in the Azkals’ final tuneup before heading to the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup in November.
The 129th-ranked Azkals and the 185th-ranked Cambodia will face off on November 14 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, the Philippine Football Federation announced on Tuesday.
Cambodia fell short of qualifying for the Suzuki Cup after finishing third in the qualifiers this month. Myanmar and Laos made it to the tournament proper after finishing No.1 and No.2, respectively.
Apart from the match against Cambodia, the Azkals have two more friendlies lined up in their schedule. The Filipinos will play Nepal during a training tour in Doha, Qatar on Friday and local club Al Ahli SC on Sunday before playing as visitors against Thailand on November 10 in Nakhon Ratchasima.
The Azkals are grouped with host Vietnam, Indonesia and Laos in the Suzuki Cup where the Filipinos aim to surpass their semifinal finishes in the past two editions.