Badly needing matches to improve cohesion, the Philippines continues its buildup for the AFF Suzuki Cup with a showdown against Malaysia on Oct. 11 at Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor, Malaysia.
The Football Association of Malaysia confirmed the international friendly match in its website Tuesday.
The friendly marks the second time the two sides played this year after their scoreless draw last March. It was coach Thomas Dooley’s first match in charge of the Azkals who were then preparing for the AFC Challenge Cup in the Maldives.
Dooley wants the Azkals to play six matches prior to the Suzuki Cup. But the team has found difficulty arranging international friendly matches this month until the Malaysia duel was finally approved.
Azkals manager Dan Palami said the team will hold one more training camp in the Middle East before plunging into action in the regional tournament where the Filipino booters are back to back semifinalists.
Malaysia is also preparing for the Suzuki Cup which the Tigers won in 2010. They will be playing in Group B against host Singapore, Thailand and the qualifying round topnotcher.
The Azkals are in the other group playing in Hanoi where they face Vietnam, Indonesia and the No. 2 qualifier starting Nov. 20.
The Philippines is coming off a 2-3 loss to Burma (Myanmar) in the Philippine Peace Cup finals early last month. The loss, however, did not affect the Azkals’ standing in the region as they remained the top team in Southeast Asia at No. 134.
Posted at 09/30/2014 12:03 PM | Updated as of 09/30/2014 12:03 PM
MANILA, Philippines – The Little Azkals of the Philippine Under-12 Boys Football Team are off to Malaysia for an intensive training program, where they will undergo nine days of skill and tactical training under the top football coaches in Asia. The camp will last until October 7 and will be highlighted by the Little Azkals' participating in the 2014 Borneo Cup at the Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu on October 2-4. The trip to Malaysia is part of a long-term plan to develop the boys to become a formidable team worthy of a shot at the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2019. In 2013, the Little Azkals trained in the United Kingdom under the British Council-PFF Elite Training Program, wherein they competed with the UK's top young football clubs and were taught by experts from the Loughborough University.
A HUGE void will be left open in the University of Cebu (UC) Erco-Bro Nationals squad that will open their campaign in the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Smart National Club Championship today because of the absence of Ian Araneta.
The former Azkal striker won’t be suiting up in UC Erco’s opening Group D match with Football Association of South Cotabato’s (Fasco) Real Marbel FC today at 2:30 PM at the Cebu City Sports Center football pitch because of commitments with his club Philippine Air Force FC.
“Ian is negative (to play). Airforce has an activity and couldn’t allow Ian to travel.
Hoping that that it will change and he can come before the start of the game,” said Cebu Football Association (CFA) board member and Erco FC head Rodney Orale told Sun.Star Cebu.
But despite the absence of Araneta, Orale is still confident about the team’s chances to advance and believes that the rest of the players in the team will step up their game.
“We’re ready for tomorrow’s game,” said Orale. “Everyone will contribute. All the players are very competitive. I see us giving a great game. I hope that the football community (in Cebu) will help us to have a home pitch advantage.”
UC Erco’s next assignment will be Davao del Norte Football Association’s (DNFA) UM Tagum FC on Friday. Group E will also be here in Cebu with the group composed of Leyte FA’s Laos FC, Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental Football Association’s Magis FC and Naga City-Camarines Sur Football Association (NCCSFA) ABC Stars FC.
The No. 1 team of both Group D and Group E will advance to the national tournament wherein both teams will join winners of groups A, B and C, and three United Football League teams.
The eight teams will be divided into two groups and the top two teams of each group battle in the semi-finals.
UC Erco earned a spot in the group stage of the PFF Smart National Club Championship after winning the Men’s Open division of this year’s edition of the annual Aboitiz Football Cup. UC Erco, then comprised of mostly Nigerians, beat Leylam FC, 4-1, for the title.
Because of a rule in the PFF Smart National Club Championship that limits each team to only five foreign players, UC-Erco had a total revamp to their roster.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 01, 2014
The long awaited return of the Philippine Men's National Team back to the stage. On Saturday 4th of October 2014 the Azkals will start their training camp until Wednesday 8th of October 2014.
On Thursday 9th of October 2014 the Azkals will leave to Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia to play a FIFA friendly match on Saturday 11th of October 2014 against The National Football Team of Malaysia. The squad will return on Sunday 12th of October 2014 back to the Philippines.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Azkals Team Roster for the upcoming Training Camp and the FIFA friendly vs. Malaysia GK Patrick Deyto, Nicholas O'Donnel DF Amani Aguinaldo, Jeffrey Christiaens, Kenshiro Daniels, Juan Guirado, Anton Del Rosario, Simone Rota, Daisuke Sato, Rob Gier MF Paolo Bugas, Jason De Jong, Curt Dizon, Christopher Greatwich, Simon Greatwich, Mark Hartman, Manuel Ott, Paul Mulders, Jose Elmer Porteria, Misagh Bahadoran, Carli De Murga
FW Emilio Caligdong, Patrick Reichelt, James Younghusband, Phil Younghusband
Jerry Lucena, Roland Mueller, Mike Ott, Alvaro Silva, Javier Patino and Martin Steuble depending on the release of their overseas clubs.
Ruben Doctora Jr. is currently injured and is not available for the upcoming training camp and match. Source : The Azkals FAcebook
By Jerome S. Galunan Jr. Defending champion Ceres-La Salle Football Club blanked San Beda FC, 6-nil, yesterday and refused to yield any goal to complete their 2-0 win-loss run in the just-concluded Group A Qualifier of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF)-Smart National Club Championship 2014 played at the North Football Field, Talisay City. The home squad came out to be too much for visiting Rizal FA’s San Beda side with three goals in the first half led by Fil-Spanish Carlie de Murga’s 19th minute goal. San Carlos City’s Jayson Panhay scored his first of two in the 28th minute to give Ceres their second goal in the match as veteran forward Adrián Gallardo broke San Beda’s defense to nail the champion’s third goal in the 34th minute. Playing with high level football, Panhay scored his second goal with two minutes past the resumption of the match to further extend Ceres’ advantage to 4-nil. The visitors continued to struggle on their defense as they failed to stop the raging Ceres’ attacks. Gallardo struck his second goal in the 54th minute and Kim Sang min sealed the match three minutes later. On Saturday, the Ceres side demolished the Dipolog, 15-nil. The Bacolod-based club headed by Korean mentor ChaSoungyooung is bannered by team captain Fil-Spanish defender Juani Guirado, co-skipper and goalkeeper Michael Casas, second choice keeper Bago City-native Eduard Sacapaño, Fil-Ams forward Nate Burkey and defender Jason Sabio, Fil-Belgian wingers Jeffrey Christaeans and Angelo Marasigan, Fil-German midfielders Manny Ott and Patrick Reichelt, Fil-Italian twins Marvin and Marwin Angeles, Talisay City’s Camelo Tacusalme and Jalsor Soriano, San Carlos City’s Arnie Pasinabo Jr., Lemuel Unabia and J Baguioro, as well as foreign reinforcements Irish-Nigerian Orman Okunaiya, German Kevin Capolei, and Koreans Jin ho Kim, Kyum-Son Cho andYong ChanSon. “With the win, Ceres FC will advance to the national elimination as the Top team of Group A,” said Paulline Javelona, Group A Qualifier General Coordinator and Negros Occidental Football Association Secretary-General. In other qualifying matches, Stallion FC topped Group B as M’lang FC made it in Group C. “We will be waiting for the results of Groups D and E since their matches will start on October 1-3. Edging the Group D is Erco FC of Cebu FA while for Group E is Laos FC from Leyte FA,” described Javelona. The top teams in the qualifying tournaments will join the top three teams in the 2014 UFL First Division led by defending champion Global FC, Loyola and Kaya FC to complete the eight teams in the national elimination. The eight teams will then be divided into two groups with top two teams advancing to the crossover semifinals while the winners enter the championship match. Supervising the Group A Qualifying include: NOFA’s General Coordinator Paulline Javelona and Tournament Commissioner Mike Batales, PFF’s Match Commissioner Bert Honasan and Referees’ Assessor Dennis Estaniel, and referees Steve Supresencia, Kent Guboyan, Joemarie Dignadice and Francia Encalgado./ WDJ Watchmen Daily Journal