Liga Futbol Inc. (LFI), the governing body of the Philippines Football League (PFL), would like to advise the football stakeholders that the home matches of Davao Aguilas FC, Global Cebu FC, and JPV Marikina FC would temporarily be held at approved alternate venues. The approval was made upon the request of the said Clubs after providing justifiable reasons.
The three Clubs were granted provisional permission to host their home matches at the alternate venues with their Approved Grounds currently unavailable for the time being. Davao Aguilas, Global Cebu and JPV Marikina will be hosting their home matches at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium and Binan Football Stadium until further notice.
The LFI requests the stakeholders to understand the current situation of the said Clubs and rest assured that fans will be able to watch their Clubs play at their approved venues as soon as availability permits.
Ceres-Negros FC aims to make history as they host Home United FC in their final group stage match in the AFC Cup on April 25 at the Panaad stadium. The busmen are keen to end their Group F campaign on a high note with a good performance at home.
The two clubs met last February 27 at the Jalan Besar Stadium where they had a 1-1 draw in Match Day 2. Home United went ahead with an early penalty but Ceres conjured an equalizer near the end to salvage a point in Singapore.
Winning is the only option for the Singaporean club as of presstime as it will put them at the number one spot and edge Ceres via the head-to-head tiebreaker.
“I think, to come here, it’s in our mind is to win and get three points,” said United Coach Aidil Sharin. “But we have to be smart on how were gonna play and of course be very tight during the counterattack. I expect the boys to follow (the game plan) and to hope to get a good result and surprise them (Ceres),” Sharin added.
Ceres-Negros Coach Risto Vidakovic sees the match as an opportunity to finish strong after having a good run in the group stage.
“I think we really had an excellent group stage up to now and we have the opportunity to make it perfect. I think we have to try and give everything tomorrow. ” said Vidakovic.
“We know each other and we played each other three times. We know how they play and we want to have a good result and give happiness to our home crowd tomorrow,” he added.
Stephan Schrock is well aware of the quality that the opponent brings and trusts his team can deliver a good result in their final group match with a good crowd behind them in Panaad,
“We believe in our strengths and we believe in our team,” said Stephan Schrock. “We want to deliver a quality performance tomorrow once again and we will do that. I hope there will be a lot of people coming out supporting us, he added.
Home United is expected to miss Faritz Hameed and Shakir Hamzah due to accumulated cards but Juma’at Jantan and Sirina Camara will be expected to lead the defense. Song Ui-Young and veteran Shahril Ishak will be leading the Home attack tomorrow.
Ceres-Negros will have a full squad at their disposal on the coming match with Bienvenido Maranon, Toni Doblas. and Schrock anticipated to be a part of the starting eleven. A win for the home squad will push them to 16 points, the most points earned by a Filipino Club in the group stage of the tournament.
The match will kick off at 6pm and fans with tickets are expected to come early. Viewing screens will also be available at the grandstand entrance for those unable to secure tickets. A live telecast of the match is available via Fox Sports (1) while paid streams of the match can be accessed through Fox Plus and Fox Sports Play.
Martin Steuble marked his return to competitive football last April 11 on a humid night in Phnom Penh in the AFC Cup. It was the Ceres veteran’s first appearance after limping off the second leg of the ASEAN final in Bacolod last year.
Steuble checked in the 81st minute against Boeung Ket and produced a good run on the pitch after challenging phase of treatment and rehabilitation. He was in good spirits after the match where he almost produced an assist and showed good form for his squad.
“I’m very happy to be back,” said the former MLS player. “I’m happy to be able to play and be on the pitch again with my teammates. The rehab is now behind me but I still have to work further to maintain my condition,” he added.
The former national team player felt a pop in his knee in August of last year which showed no ligament damage after initial tests. With no improvements to his condition after therapy, Steuble had to consult with other specialists who eventually found the true cause of his inury
“It was a nerve problem which blocked some functions of my body. With time, it affected my knee which was used in a wrong way until it popped. It took maybe 1 1/2 to 2 years until it happened,” he added.
The versatile playmaker returned to the team last January in full fitness after getting the right treatment in Switzerzland months earluer. His return however had a few setbacks as his knee didn’t have the desired reaction to the higher load.
“I had to do further treatment to just release and unblock my nerves again. It took some time but I would say I’m back now for more than a month and fully back in team training,” said Steuble.
The 29-year old is however not rushing into things after getting a taste of competitive football. “If you’re out for eight months, you appreciate all the things. For me to share the field again with my teammates and just to be able to be part of it is already great. So I try not to think too far ahead,” said the Swiss league veteran.
“We have a lot of games coming and we need all of the players. I’m sure I will get my minutes whenever I get the trust from the coach and from my teammates and I want to pay them back with a good performance,” Steuble added.
THE Philippines Football League formally approved the Iloilo Sports Complex in Iloilo City to become the venue of the home matches of Kaya Iloilo for the ongoing 2018 season.
Iloilo Provincial Sports Development Officer Ray Cabarles told Panay News the move was approved after Liga Futbol, Inc. inspected the playing venue on Friday.
“We thank Kaya Futbol Club for making the province of Iloilo as its home stadium,” Cabarles said. “Having a commercial football team based in our province will be a huge boost to our sports program.”
Kaya Iloilo played the PFL matches it previously hosted at its former home field, the University of Makati football stadium, when the PFL has not yet approved the new venue.
Kaya Iloilo’s debut game in the newly renovated Sports Complex will be against fellow Visayan squad Global Cebu on May 2, Cabarles disclosed.
Meanwhile Provincial Football Director Edwin Caro Laru-an said llonggos welcome Kaya’s formal move – they will have a football team to cheer on again since Stallion FC, which was formerly based in Iloilo.
“Kaya playing its home games [in Iloilo] will give football-loving Ilonggos a chance to watch quality games,” Laru-an said.
Kaya is one of the oldest active football clubs in the Philippines. Established in 1996, the club became one of the founding members of the United Football League in 2010.
The Santi Araneta-supported football squad has one UFL championship and appeared in one international tournament – during the 2016 AFC Cup./PN