20 May 2018

PFL: Kaya takes down Aguilas in home field

 Adrian Stewart Co

Kaya Iloilo midfielder Miguel Tanton (foreground, left) charges at the ball while Davao San Miguel Aguilas defender Joshua Grommen tries to get in his way. Aguilas’ forward Phil Younghusband (background, left) and Matt Hartmann look on. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN

KAYA Iloilo made a rousing debut at its home field at the Iloilo Sports Complex in Iloilo City as it defeated Davao San Miguel Aguilas 4-2 in the 2018 Philippines Football League on Sunday.
Robert Lopez Mendy finished with a hat-trick while Jordan Mintah made a conversion for Kaya, which moved up to second place with 16 points on five wins, a draw and two losses.
“We were really looking forward to this game – our first here in Iloilo,” said Kaya head coach Noel Marcaida. “The players were motivated by the support shown by football-loving Ilonggos.”
Kaya drew first blood early in the match courtesy of Mintah from a feed by Ilonggo Jovin Bedic. But Mintah hurt his knee in a collision and was stretchered off in the next play.
With Aguilas missing in its attempts, Kaya managed to double the advantage just before halftime – Lopez Mendy intercepted a pass by Aguilas’ Nicholas O’Donnell for a close-range shot.
Davao was able to pull one back early in the second period courtesy of a header by James Younghusband. Iloilo quickly extended the lead with Lopez Mendy scoring a header from a free kick by Miguel Tanton.
Aguilas trimmed the deficit anew 2-3 in the 69th minute with Takashi Odawara converting from a corner kick. Kaya raised the advantage after Lopez Mendy scored on a header from a Tanton free kick.
Davao Aguilas dropped to third place with 14 points on four victories, two draws and three defeats./PN

Ceres-Negros Fc - Club Statement

Club Statement
We would like to apologize to our partners in the Philippine Football Federation and the Philippines Football League for statements made by one of our players, Martin Steuble, during a post-match interview last Wednesday.
The club regrets that the player’s comments aired at the conclusion of the live broadcast of the match and amplified on social media have not only put the PFF, but the PFL in a negative light.
While the club encourages its players to exercise their freedom to speak, particularly on matters that they are passionate about, Mr. Steuble’s statements do not reflect that of the club, which is actually appreciative of the tireless work of the PFF and the PFL to ensure that club football is alive and vibrant in the country.
The club is grateful to the PFF and the PFL for setting up a structure that allows Filipino clubs to represent the country in continental competitions like the AFC Cup and the AFC Champions League.
If not for the PFF and PFL, Ceres-Negros would not have reached its goal of making the country proud by winning the AFC Cup Asean zonal title last year.
In light of the recent events in Yangon, the club has already taken the initiative of dealing with the matter internally. Mr. Steuble’s comments were made at the heat of the moment, right when emotions were running high after a tough win. Rest assured, however, that there will be actions that will be taken to avoid a repetition of such incidents.
The club reiterates its support to the PFF and PFL, which are our partners in the development of the Beautiful Game in the country.

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19 May 2018

PFL: Kaya faces off with Aguilas on home field

 Adrian Stewart Co

Kaya Iloilo FC defender Shirmar Felongco (2nd from left) shakes the hand of San Miguel Davao Aguilas goalkeeper Nick O'Donnell as they face the press at the Iloilo Sports Complex in La Paz, Iloilo City on Saturday, May 19 in a briefing before their 2018 Philippines Football League match Sunday, May 20. With them are Kaya head coach Noel Marcaida (leftmost) and Aguilas head coach Marlon Maro. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN
KAYA Iloilo will finally play its first 2018 Philippines Football League match on its home field at the Iloilo Sports Complex in La Paz, Iloilo City as it plays host to San Miguel Davao Aguilas on Sunday.
Game time is 4 p.m. Kaya is on third place with 13 points on four wins, two losses and a draw while Aguilas is on second place with 14 points on four wins, two losses and two draws.
“It’s going to be a massive game for both sides,” Kaya head coach Noel Marcaida told Panay News. “It is very important for us to keep up with the league leader in the standings.”
“The result of this match will give a separation for both sides. We will defend our home turf and continue our winning streak and give that first home game to the Ilonggos,” he added.
But Kaya will have to win its first home game without Negrense defender Camelo Tacusalme, who was suspended after being slapped with a red card during their 2-0 win over Ceres Negros last week.
“Camelo is a huge loss for us because he is our main defender. But I am counting on my other players to step up and fill his shoes. It will be a total team effort,” Marcaida said.
Sunday’s game was Kaya’s much-awaited home match after its previous scheduled home game, supposedly against Global Cebu, no May 2 was cancelled due to the latter team’s unavailability.
Kaya players include Jalsor Soriano, Jayson Panhay, Janrick Soriano, Shirmar Felongco, Ref Cuaresma, Chy Villasenor, Manasari Omura, Antonio Ugarte, Kenshiro Daniels, Miguel Tanton, Mike Menzi, Alfred Osei, Robert Lopez Mendy, Dean Ebarle, Eric Giganto, Zach Banson, Marwin Angeles, Ace Villanueva, Jordan Mintah, and Connor Tacagni./PN

No stone unturned


The Philippine Azkals will leave no stone unturned in preparing for two major tournaments in the next eight months.
Speaking at the Business of Football-Philippines conference at New World Hotel in Makati Friday, Azkals manager Dan Palami said they have already lined up training camps for the buildup for the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and the AFC Asian Cup in January.
Members of the national side will remain tied up with their clubs for the next three months before the Azkals converge in September for a camp in Bahrain. Palami said the Azkals would play a club team in Manama on Sept. 7 before taking on the Bahrain national team four days later.

For the October international window, the Azkals boss said he is closely coordinating with the Philippine Football Federation in setting up a friendly match against a team that just played in the World Cup, preferably Australia. Another camp in the Middle East is scheduled on the last week of the year before the Azkals travel to Dubai for their Jan. 7 match against South Korea.
“We will prepare the best way we can,” said Palami. “These are two important tournament that we’ve been looking forward to for quite some time.”
The Azkals are also identifying Filipinos who were born and raised abroad for possible selection to the team in the future.
The Azkals coaching job remained vacant almost two months after Thomas Dooley’s deal expired last March.
“We are in the final stages of our evaluation and we will be making an announcement on June 14,” Palami said.

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