23 April 2014

Ceres FC ready for President’s Cup; suits up Sacapaño and Guirado

By Jerome Galunan Jr.

With less than two weeks before this year’s Asean Football Confederation (AFC) President’s Cup kicks off on May 6-10 at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City, the Ceres-La Salle FC is in tough preparation as it faces the best squads in the tournament.

The Ceres-La Salle FC, representing the Philippines, is in Group B along with some of the strongest teams in the tournament, namely: FC HTTU of Turkmenistan, Tatung Company of Chinese Taipei and the Rimyongsu Club of the People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).
In a press conference held yesterday in Bacolod, Ceres FC head coach Ali Bernard Go said they are working hard in their training sessions as well as in scrimmages to condition the players for this tournament.
“We have to be well-prepared for the tournament. We are in a tough group with World Cup caliber North Korean side and the defending champion Turkmenistan,” he said.
Meanwhile, when asked how they find the North Korean squad, Ceres FC Korean technical director Cha Soung Yooung said the team plays similar as those clubs playing in the South Korean Super League.
“We don’t have any problem going up against the North. The boys are ready and excited,” Yooung added.
Go also presented the Ceres FC pool consisting of 30 players which include: Koreans Yong Chan Son, Jinho Kim, Kyumson Cho, Hyeon Gwon, Geun Hyeong Park, and Sangmin Kim; Kevin Capolei, Younesse Yaogo, Samson Olaniyi, Casas, Michael, Camelo Tacusalme, Jayson Panhay, Jason Cordova, Arnie Pasinabo Jr., J Baguioro, Hanesin Prince Antony, Lemuel Unabia, Tom Booth, Olapido Okunaiya, Jalsor Soriano, William Gueridonn, Joshua Beloya, Angelo Marasigan, Carlito de Murga, Patrick Reichelt, Angeles twins Marwin and Marvin, newcomer Jason Sabio, and loaned players defender Juani Guirado and keeper Eduard Sacapaño.
Sabio, a new member of the club, said that one has to work hard for the spot.
“But with my experience playing against Turkmenistan and Chinese Taipei, I think I can be a big help to the team. Our goal here is to win,” said the Fil-Am central defender.
On the part of Bago City native and Azkals’ veteran keeper Sacapaño, he’s happy to play again for Negros.
“It’s my pride to play for my hometown. And with my experience, I can help the team. This is a team effort. Whatever we can contribute is vital for the team. All we have to do here is to share our knowledge and experience to achieve our goal,” he said.

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Alabama law graduate joins Ceres-La Salle FC

Philippine Azkal Jason Abbott Sabio made his first appearance as a member of the Ceres - La Salle Football Club in the team’s press conference in Bacolod City yesterday.
Sabio, a resident of Huntsville, Alabama who studied law at the University of Alabama and is a Bar passer after earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, cum laude, is looking forward to playing with Ceres – La Salle after joining the team on April 9.
The 27-year-old player who was born in Manila and grew up in the United States,  said at the press conference that he hopes to bring  his international experience to the team as he had previously played against players from North Korea, Turkmenistan and Chinese Taipei.
He played for the Philippine Azkals in 2011 but later took a leave in favor of his studies.
While he admitted being new to the team, he is getting to know his co-players also off the field.
Befriending teammates increases camaraderie as we learn from each other and is good for the team, Jason said, adding that while he recognizes the difficulty in playing against North Korea, Turkmenistan and Chinese Taipei, they stand a good chance if they play with the mindset of a team.
Ceres-La Salle FC, which will represent the Philippines in the AFC President’s Cup Group B qualifier, will face champion club teams from the three countries at Panaad Park and Stadium May 6-10.
“Being a part of Ceres-La Salle is like being part of one big family as we look out for each other, we motivate each other, we improve together, we lost together and we win together,” he further said.
Jason said it is easy to feel at home in Bacolod. “It is truly the City of Smiles, everyone is warm and inviting.”*AVDC

Visayan Daily Star

Ceres FC names pool of players for AFC President’s Cup qualifiers

Ceres – La Salle Football Club that is up against the toughest teams in the Group Stage, presented yesterday the 30-man pool of players from which the final lineup for the May 6 to 10 AFC President’s Cup Group B Qualifiers will be drawn.
In the list are Azkals’ Carlito De Murga, Patrick Reichelt, Jason Sabio, twins Marwin and Marvin Angeles, Angelo Marasigan, Juani Guirado, William Gueridonn, Eduard Sacapano, and Joshua Beloya.
Also listed were South Korean players Geun Hyeong Park, Sangmin Kim, Yong Chan Son, Jinho Kim, Kyumson Cho, and Hyeon Gwon, foreign footballers Kevin Capolei, Younesse Yaogo, Orman Okunaiya, Samson Olaniyi, and Thomas Booth.
But with the AFC rules of having only two foreign players in the lineup, Ceres FC head coach Ali Bernardo Go said they will be relying on the locals to carry the banner of the country in the qualifiers.
Up to the task are homegrown talents J Baguioro, Hanesin Prince Antony, Lemuel Unabia, Arnie Pasinabo, Jayson Panhay, Jason Cordova, Jalsor Soriano, Michael Casas, and Camelo Tacusalme.
More than the once in a lifetime experience of playing in the AFC President’s Cup qualifiers and representing the country, coach Go said Ceres FC will be out earn the respect of the international football clubs.
The mission will not be easy as the team needs to get past North Korea on May 6, a team that had an impressive showing at the FIFA World Cup and for the President’s Cup qualifiers will be bringing at least six players with World Cup experience.
Their second assignment will be against Chinese Taipei on May 8, an equally formidable squad that placed third in the 2010 edition of the President’s Cup. Ceres FC will wrap up their campaign on May 10 against defending champion Turkmenistan.
Despite the daunting task, Go said they are optimistic and his players are ready to give their best as in every football game, they have the 50-50 chance of winning.
“As long as we have the mindset of winning, we have a good fighting chance. Even the best team in football can lose,” Go said.
Meanwhile, Ceres FC administrator and President’s Cup local organizing committee chairman Nicolas Golez called on the Negrense community to come out and support the home team on May 6 to 10.
Golez said renovations are being done at the 16-year-old Panaad Stadium and they have installed at least 200 VIP seats as part of the AFC requirements for hosting the international match.
He said the provincial government of Negros Occidental and the city governor of Bacolod are extending their full support to the organizing committee to make the tournament a success.*NAB

Visayan Daily Star

Philippine squad vs Malaysia

Azkals Head Coach Thomas Dooley has invited the following players for the FIFA International Friendly against Malaysia on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Cebu City Sports Center, Cebu City.
  1. Patrick Deyto (Green Archers United FC)
  2. Eduard Sacapano (Philippine Army-GTI FC)
  3. Simone Rota (Stallion FC)
  4. Amani Aguinaldo (Global FC)
  5. Charles Pettys (Global FC)
  6. Anton Del Rosario (Kaya FC)
  7. Daisuke Sato (Global FC)
  8. Chris Greatwich (Kaya FC)
  9. Simon Greatwich (Loyola Meralco Sparks FC)
  10. Jason De Jong (Global FC)
  11. Ruben Doctora Jr. (Stallion FC)
  12. Curt Dizon (Global FC)
  13. Jose Porteria (Kaya FC)
  14. James Younghusband (Loyola Meralco Sparks FC)
  15. Nathaniel Burkey (Pachanga Diliman FC)
  16. Joven Bedic (Kaya FC)
  17. Roxy Dorlas (Loyola Meralco Sparks FC)
  18. Patrick Reichelt (Ceres La Salle FC)
  19. Carlos De Murga (Ceres La Salle FC)
  20. Kenshiro Daniels (Kaya FC)
  21. Jerry Lucena (Esbjerg fB)
  22. Martin Steuble (FC Wil 1990)

22 April 2014

Azkals updates - Wednesday

Azkals updates Wednesday

Azkals leaving for Cebu on Friday to play Sunday`s friendly against Malaysia.

Roster for Sunday's friendly has not been released yet , but few changes is expected from Qatar training camp.

- Juani Guirado is not playing in Cebu because his wife is giving birth soon

- Martin Steuble has confirmed he will be going to Cebu

- Patrick Deyto is expected to get a call-up . He did not go to Qatar for family reasons.

Sunday's friendly against Malaysia will be the last friendly in Philippines before AFC Challenge Cup.

Azkals will be staying in Bahrain on training camp from May 6 to 16, then go directly to Maldives for AFC Challenge Cup

One friendly in Bahrain is scheduled on May 11. Same day as a charity match in Indonesia for Yolanda victims where two Azkals is expected to be in the ALL Star Team against Indonesia NT.

Stallion coach hits out at Pasargad 'delaying tactics' after UFL slatemate

By Karlo Sacamos

PASARGAD frustrated Stallion FC with its “slow-down” strategy to force the defending champion to a goalless draw and keep its hopes of staying in Division 1 alive in the United Football League on Tuesday night at the Emperador Stadium.
The relegation-threatened squad saw the Stallions dominate possession, but performed good enough to register only its sixth point overall in 17 games and move just four behind eighth-ranked Socceroo.
“I’m satisfied considering how the Stallions played against us. I’m happy on how my team responded to the pressure and the demand of the game,” said new Pasargad coach Mike Agbayani, who replaced Ayi Aryee a few games back.
But the match was met with criticism from Stallions coach Ernie Nierras, who felt their opponents, particularly goalkeeper William Nsangou, resorted to delaying tactics down the stretch to preserve the result.
“It’s obvious,” a fuming Nierras blurted out. “This is the part I hate. When you do this, it’s not football. I don’t care what your strategy is. If they wanted to play defense all the time, I can’t question that.”
“But don’t delay the game by faking injuries and having your goalkeeper do all that dramatization.”
“If we have people watching the game, they’re gonna get bored. Sometimes, it’s not about winning anymore. We have to maintain the quality of the game,” added the outspoken mentor, whose team still improved to 28 points, eight behind third-running Loyola.
The top-tier match was shown live on Aksyon TV.
Agbayani, who coached in his third game, termed it as a ploy against a fast-paced Stallions side.
“I respect coach Ernie. That’s his point on how he looks upon the game,” Agbayani said. “But for me, it was definitely part of the strategy, part of how we will try to contain our opponent. We slowed down the game because the mode of game of Stallions is really quick paced.”
But the new mentor eventually admitted near the end of the post-game interview of the “delaying tactic” that took the Stallions out of their rhythm.
“Partially, maybe it’s a delaying tactic, maybe my players are matured enough to do that … but it was worth it, getting the point.”


Ceres FC to battle North Korea in AFC President’s Cup opener

The Ceres – La Salle Football Club is out to make history on May 6 when it goes up against the Rimyongsu squad from North Korea for their first assignment in Group B of the AFC President’s Cup qualifier at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
Local Organizing Committee chairman, Nicolas Golez, said all the matches from May 6 to 10 are open to the public for free, and encouraged all football clubs in the country to come out and support the home team.
The game against N. Korea will start at 5 p.m., while the Philippines vs. Chinese Taipei match-up is on May 8 at 7:30 p.m. Ceres will face top seed Turkmenistan on May 10 at 5 p.m.
“We need your all- out support for this event since our national pride is at stake,” Golez said in a letter sent to the presidents of football clubs and teams in the country.
The free admission in the open bleachers and some parts of the stadium will give the public the opportunity to show their support to the home team.
All supporters of Ceres – La Salle FC are encouraged to make noise by bringing along drums, trumpets and show patriotism by waving the national flag and improvised streamers.
Meanwhile, the team is scheduled to hold a press conference today to name the members of the 25-man lineup who will carry the colors of the country in the tournament.
Head coach Ali Go, had said earlier that all the three teams in their group are very strong and while he is picking Korea as the strongest of the lot, Turmenistan is seeded No. 1, and Taipei had been a semifinalist in the AFC President’s Cup 2006 and 2010 edition.
“The homecrowd on our will be a big factor. All the teams are very strong but we will prepare and give our 200% so we can show good football to the people of Negros,” Go said.
Simultaneous with the matches at the Panaad will be the battle among other teams in Group A and Group C.
Sri Lanka will play host to Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan in Group A, while Mongolia was tapped to host Group C games and will play against Nepal and Cambodia.
Winners in the group stage and the best runner-up team will vie for the championship in the final stage scheduled in September this year.*NAB

visayan daily star

Palami likes Azkals' chances in AFC Challenge Cup

By Manolo Padralvez
MANILA, Philippines - Given the improved play of the Philippine Azkals under American coach Thomas Dooley, national team manager Dan Palami likes their chances when they see action in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup in the Maldives next month.
"The Azkals have improved a lot under coach Thomas and we hope to see this improvement bear fruit in the Challenge Cup," said Palami on Tuesday, April 22, at the PSA forum at the Shakey's Malate branch in Manila.
Credited for local soccer's meteoric rise since managing the Filipino booters that wound up surprise semifinalists in the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2014, Palami pointed to the results of their tuneup matches during their recent training camp in Qatar as the basis for his optimism.
The Azkals thrashed Nepal 3-0 then managed to emerge with a 1-1 draw over fancied commercial club Al-Ahli that had players from Uruguay, Brazil and Africa reinforcing its lineup.
"Not too many people realize that Al-Ahli was a tough team since it had good players from Uruguay, Brazil and Africa," he noted. "If they do well in Qatar, these players are usually naturalized and become members of its national team."
Palami said that the national team hopefuls have responded well to the system instituted by Dooley, a former US national squad skipper and World Cup veteran.
"Our players have a better understanding of the role they have to play in their respective positions under Dooley's system that anyone can step up even if we don't have our stars playing," Palami said.
He referred again to the friendly match against Al-Ahli where Dooley rested ailing top striker Phil Younghusband but the Filipinos still managed to keep it close and gain the stalemate.
Palami said winning the Challenge Cup scheduled May 19 to 30 in the Maldives was significant for the sustained development of local football.
"This is our biggest tournament yet because the Challenge Cup champion will play in the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia where the big boys of Asia will be competing," he pointed out. "Winning the Challenge Cup will take the Philippine football to the next level."
He added that participating in the eight-nation tournament was part of his personal five-year blueprint in bringing the country "to become among the top 10 in Asia. Our performance in the Challenge Cup will show us where we are right now."
The Filipinos are bracketed in Group B in the eliminations together with Turkmenistan, Laos and Afghanistan, while Group A is composed of the host Maldives, Kyrgystan, Myanmar and Palestine.
The Nationals open their stint against the Afghans on May 20, face the Laotians two days later before closing the eliminations versus the Turkmen on May 24.
Despite what many football observers see as the lighter group, the national team chief said the Azkals would definitely not take their rivals lightly.
"Turkmenistan was the Challenge Cup runner-up two years ago, Afghanistan is the South Asia champion while we have never beaten Laos before. So the group isn't as easy as it looks," he said.
The Pinoy footballers continue their preparations in tackling Malaysia on Sunday at the Cebu City Sports Complex pitch. Both squads battled to a scoreless deadlock the last time they met in Selayang, Malaysia on March 1.
Palami said he and the rest of the coaching staff expect to decide on the final 18-man Azkals' roster during the team's last training camp in Bahrain from May 6 to 16.
"We should know the complete roster during the middle of the training camp," said Palami, who will head the PH contingent leaving directly from Bahrain to the Maldives. - Rappler.com