24 November 2017


With 2 more matches to go in the Philippines Football League (PFL) Regular Season, the four clubs qualifying for the PFL Finals Series is certain.
FC Meralco Manila, Ceres Negros FC, Kaya FC Makati, and Global Cebu FC have all made it to the Final Series. I take this opportunity to congratulate each club for their qualification. They will now compete to become the inaugural champion of the PFL Season 2017.
For today’s column, I will discuss the match dates and the applicable provisions under the PFL Tournament Regulations (“Regulations”) for the PFL Finals Series.
Format and Dates:
1st leg Semi-Finals (Fixture 1 A) on 02 December 2017 will be between Team 1 vs. Team 4 and 2nd leg Semi-Finals (Fixture 1 B) will be on 09 December 2017 with Team 4 playing at home.
1st Leg Semi-Finals (Fixture 2 A) on 03 December 2017 will be between Team 2 vs. Team 3 and 2nd leg Semi-Finals (Fixture 2 B) will be on 10 December 2017 with Team 3 playing at home.
Teams finishing 1 to 4 in the final league standing in the Regular Season are ranked Team 1 to 4 accordingly.
3rd/4th Place match will be played between Loser of Semi-final (Fixture 1) vs Loser of Semi-final (Fixture 2) on 16 December 2017
Final’s will be played between Winner of Semi-final (Fixture 1) vs Winner of Semi-final (Fixture 2) on 16 December 2017
The Team finishing first position at the conclusion of the Regular Season will have the option to play the 1st leg Semi-final (Fixture 1) either at home or away.
The Loser of Fixture 1 will be entitled to host the 3rd/4th Place match and the winner of Fixture 1 will have the option to host the Final. The selection however will be made by the PFL based on variety of factors including, but not limited to, venue availability, commercial and marketing considerations.
Procedure to Determine the Winner – Semi Final Stage, Finals & 3rd/4th
As per Article 2.14 of the Regulations, the winner of the semifinals will be determined by the highest number of goals over the two legs or the highest number of away goals scored (away goal rule) over the two legs.
If the winning team cannot be decided by the above criteria, Article 2.15 A. of the Regulations provides for an extra time (two equal periods of fifteen minutes played) immediately after the end of the 2nd leg match. Article 2.16 of the Regulations also states that at the conclusion of the extra-time, and no goals are scored, penalty kicks will be taken to determine the winner, else if both teams score the same number of goals, the away team will advance under the away goal rule.
For the Final and the 3rd/4th Place match, Articles 2.17 and 2.18 of the Regulations provide for an extra-time of two periods if the scores are tied after the conclusion of the match. If scores are tied after extra-time, penalty kicks will be taken to determine the winner.
The final match between Global Cebu FC vs. Ceres Negros FC on 28 November 2017 will decide the final positioning of the four clubs in the League Standing for the Regular Season. You could catch this match via livestreaming.
On behalf of the PFL, I would like to wish the top four teams good luck as we look forward in crowning the first Philippines Football League champions.
Lazarus J. Xavier


League leaders FC Meralco Manila and Ceres-Negros FC settled with a 0-0 draw last November 24 at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona Cavite. The draw was a first for both squads who are currently on top of the PFL table.
There were very few chances in the match for both teams who were cautious in preparing for the semis. The first attempt on goal came on the 2nd minute when Jinggoy Valmayor intercepted a bad pass from thirty yards before unleashed a shot the was way over the bar.
Meralco owned most of the chances as the home’s squad capitalized on Ceres’ slow build up to threaten the backline. Ashley Flores was the main recipient of the counterattacks but centerbacks in Super Herrera and Josh Grommen were there to control the play.
The hosts created opportunities near the halftime whistle but Valmayor and company could not find the target. The half ended with an uneventful 0-0 scoreline.
The Sparks continued to threaten by the hour mark after a foul by Bienvenido Marañon on Franco de la Torre in a dangerous position. Taj Minniecon however foiled the resulting free kick after it was over the crossbar.
Alvin Sarmiento would have a try on goal after he slid into the box in the 67th. The wingbacks attempt was however tamed by the Ceres keeper. Valmayor earned a chance minutes later when a clearance from a corner fell to him at the edge of the box. His attempt however was just a foot wide.
The best chance for Manila came in the 80th minute after a long drive from Sarmiento reached an unmarked Valmayor in front of goal. The striker however mishit the ball which looped over the bar.
Roland Muller produced three fines saves three minutes from time to earn his eight clean sheet of the season. The Ceres keeper punched out a brilliant free kick from Curt Dizon before stopping two successive shots off a corner.
A straight red was given to Diego Fornea in injury time after an altercation with Jeffrey Christaens who also earned a yellow. The match ended with both squads earning a point from the goalless affair.
“It was a very interesting game,” said Ceres Coach Risto Vidakovic. “We came from two games in Ilocos, it was very important that we keep the players safe without injuries. I think nobody get injured today so it’s a very successful day for us,” he added.
The Ceres mentor already has one eye on the final regular season match versus Global and is much aware of the constraints leading to Cebu.
“Some players, they will be suspended for the next game so we will see who will play there because it is not easy to for anybody. We will go there with what we have left and try to compete there,” Vidakovic added.
The final regular season match is set on November 28 with Ceres-Negros traveling to Cebu. A draw will ensure first place while a loss would mean second in the classification.

23 November 2017

PFL : Fc Meralco Manila 0-0 Ceres-Negros Fc

Today's game against Ceres will be aired on channel 107 and channel 109 on Cignal TV LIVE at 3pm.
If you don't have Cignal TV then watch the LIVE stream here, which we are told will be the same feed as the telecast.

FC Meralco Manila vs Ceres Negros FC
Philippines Football League
November 24th 2017 - 3:00 pm (Asia/Manila time)
Carmona, Philippines

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PFL - Matchweek 25

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We're down to the final three games of the season!

The League weekend starts at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite as FC Meralco Manila try to defend their #1 spot from Ceres Negros FC.

On Saturday, Davao Aguilas and JPV Marikina will play their final games of the season. The visiting team will be able to finish their season on a good note as victory will see them overtake Stallion Laguna FC on the table. On the other hand, will Davao be able to reward their faithful fans this season with a win?

The last game of the season will see the Busmen make their final stop before the Finals Series in Cebu.

22 November 2017

UPDATE: Singapore Cup final to go on after initial fears

UPDATE: The RHB Singapore Cup final will go on after Global Cebu settled a pay dispute with their players.
Speaking after a players’ meeting with the club’s management, Global captain Misagh Bahadoran revealed that issues have been ironed out.
“This was a misunderstanding between the club and us players, and I’m glad to say the problem has been fixed, and we will be flying to Singapore tomorrow,” he said, declining to reveal details of the solution.
Bahadoran believes that despite the club's difficulties, Global have enough to beat S.League champions Albirex on Saturday.
“We are coming to win the Cup Final, there’s nothing else on our mind."
But this Saturday's final between Albirex Niigata and Global Cebu may not even take place.
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is planning an extravaganza to close what has been an uncertain 2017, but the Philippine side may not even show up in Singapore.
Sources revealed that Global players are still owed wages, some of them for up to six months, and players are refusing to get on the plane if they are not paid at least a month of what is owed to them.
Speaking to The New Paper, Global captain Misagh Bahadoran confirmed that a cloud is indeed hanging over the club, but is something that can be surmounted.
"This year we are going through a difficult time. There are just two players owed six months' salary, most of us are owed between four and five months' (wages)," said the Philippines international.
"But I don't think the management will let that (boycott of the Singapore Cup final) happen.
"I've been with Global for about seven years now, and sometimes salaries will be late, but you never see players not get what is owed to them."
Bahadoran revealed earlier this afternoon that he was en route to a meeting with the club's management to address this specific issue, with other sources confirming that the management was due to meet its backroom staff later in the day.
TNP understands that Global are in the process of a management change.
Bahadoran believes that despite difficulties, Global have enough to beat Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League champions Albirex if they do find their way to Singapore.
"We have good players, and a strong team. Once we step onto the field, we will get the job done. When we last came to Singapore, we brought only 13 players, but we still won the game," he said.

Global faced Hougang United in a two-legged semi-final in September with only 13 players on its roster - due to registration issues - but beat the Cheetahs 4-3 on aggregate.
"We are having a hard time now, but we were having a similarly hard time last year," said Bahadoran on the issue of late wages.
"But we still won the (Philippine) championship and the cup."

PFL - Updated League table

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Only three matches remaining in PFL group stage.


The Philippines Football League announces the decision regarding the match between JPV Marikina FC and Davao Aguilas FC last 22 October 2017 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
JPV Marikina FC is found responsible for the non compliance of Article 12 of the PFL Tournament Regulations.
JPV Markina FC is found responsible for the abandonment of M107 JPV Marikina FC vs Davao Aguilas FC on 22 October 2017 pursuant to Article 10.9 of the Regulations.
The final result of the M107 is: JPV Marikina FC 0-3 Davao Aguilas FC.
JPV Marikina FC is also warned that a repeat violation of this provision will be met with a more severe punishment.


20 November 2017

PFL : JPV Marikina 6-3 Davao Aguilas

JPV Marikina FC vs Davao Aguilas FC
Philippines Football League

November 21st 2017 - 4:00 pm (Asia/Manila time)
Manila, Philippines

Rizal Memorial Stadium .

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19 November 2017

PFL : Global Cebu 1-2 Fc Meralco Manila

Global Cebu FC vs FC Meralco Manila
Philippines Football League

November 19th 2017 - 7:00 pm (Asia/Manila time)
Manila, Philippines

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Subs: Badelic, Sarmiento, Dorimon, Gadia, Dizon, Morallo, Pusing.

18 November 2017


The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has issued license for the eight participating clubs in the Philippines Football League (PFL) ahead of the 2018 season in accordance with the PFF Club Licensing Regulations.
All eight clubs were invited to apply for the PFF license which grants admission to play in the PFF Club competition 2018 season and AFC Cup competition 2018 season; and AFC License which grants admission to play in the AFC Champions League 2018 season.
All eight clubs submitted their application and were granted license to participate in the upcoming Philippines Football League season 2018 by the PFF First Instance Body (FIB). The FIB is an independent decision making body that grants license.
The top four teams currently in the League standing, namely: Ceres Negros FC, Global Cebu FC, Kaya FC Makati, and FC Meralco Manila were also granted the AFC License. The four remaining clubs: Davao Aguilas FC, Ilocos United FC, JPV Marikina FC, and Stallion Laguna FC only applied for the PFF license, which also has provisions for participation in the AFC Cup. Clubs will be nominated for the AFC club competitions 2018 season based on criteria set by the AFC and PFF, which includes, inter alia, sporting merit and number of slots allocated.
This was the first time that the PFL clubs used the AFC Club Licensing System (AFC CLAS). The Club Licensing Managers from the respective clubs attended seminars conducted by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the PFF last July, and with FIFA, underlining the importance of club licensing, last August.
Philippines Football League Chief Executive Officer Lazarus Jansen Xavier congratulated the eight PFL clubs that were granted the license.
“All eight clubs had worked very hard to ensure compliance and meet the Club Licensing criteria which includes: sporting; infrastructure; personnel and administrative; legal and financial criteria. The Club Licensing system is a tool to professionalize Club football and serves to benefit all football stakeholders,” he said.


PFL : Ilocos United 1-1 Ceres-Negros Fc

Start 7 pm

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PFL : Kaya Fc Makati 1-3 Davao Aguilas

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17 November 2017

Azkals in 4 nations tournament in Taiwan !

CTFA International Tournament

Philippines to participate in football tournament in Taiwan !

Dec 1 Philippines vs Laos , 4 pm
Dec 3 Taiwan vs Philippines , 7 pm
Dec 5 Philippines vs East Timor , 4 pm

All matches at Municipal Stadium in Taipei City

PFL playoffs also in Early December , seems that PFF will pick players only from clubs not in playoffs , Stallion Laguna , JPV Marikina , Davao Aguilas and Ilocos United

16 November 2017


The Philippines Football League (LFI) Disciplinary Committee held its second meeting on 15 November 2017.
Davao Aguilas FC were given a stern warning in violation of Article 8.20 of the PFL Tournament Regulations
The club is also warned that a repeat violation will be met with a more severe punishment.
For details, please see here.


15 November 2017

14 November 2017

YouTube : Nepal 0-0 Philippines

Nepal 0-0 Philippines

The quest to clinch a spot in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 will have to wait for another day.
The Philippines settled for a 0-0 draw against Nepal in Match Day 5 of the Asian Cup Qualifiers last Tuesday 14 November 2017 at the ANFA Complex in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Playing to win and clinch a berth to the Asian Cup, the Azkals were held by the Nepal. With the draw, the Philippines remained on top of Group F with 9 points.
The Philippines dominated in the first half, but were unable to convert their chances into goals. Curt Dizon and Mike Ott went close in the 35th minute. Dizon’s shot after a run from the right flank was denied by the goalkeeper, Ott was there to fire the rebound but was unable to put enough power to the shot.
Phil Younghusband had a chance to slot home another rebound in the 61st minute. Simone Rota saw his first time strike from outside saved before the Azkals skipper fired it wide.
Carlie De Murga almost won it for the Philippines late on. The defender jumped for the header but could only send his effort to the post and out.
The Philippines will have a last chance to qualify for the Asian Cup when they play Tajikistan in home soil on 27 March 2018. That game now looks to be the biggest in recent history as a loss will probably result in a failure to qualify in the Asian Cup in 2019.”


13 November 2017

AFC Asian Cup Qualifier : Nepal 0-0 Philippines

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Azkals starting XI vs Nepal !

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P. Younghusband


Lalitpur: Philippines captain Phil Younghusband is hoping to bury the disappointment of missing out on the AFC Asian Cup in 2015 by leading his country to the Finals in 2019 with victory over Nepal in Group F on Tuesday evening.
A win would take Thomas Dooley’s team to the nation’s first-ever continental Finals after narrowly missing out on a place in Australia 2015, when they finished as runners-up behind Palestine at the AFC Challenge Cup in the Maldives in 2014.
The Azkals can advance with a win over Nepal while second-placed Yemen take on Tajikistan, who currently occupy third, with both teams on six points, two fewer than the Philippines.
“We were so close in 2014 at the AFC Challenge Cup, losing in the final to Palestine,” said Younghusband (pictured above, centre)
“With the players that we have, with the team that we had, probably for some of the players that was still their biggest disappointment. That was a huge opportunity to play in Australia in the Asian Cup. 
“We understand that the qualification format has changed and we’ve had a good draw. I think this is as good as any chance for us to qualify so I’m not even thinking about the possibility of us not qualifying. 
“We had a chance to qualify in the last game (a 1-1 draw with Yemen) in Qatar. We didn't do it there. We don’t want to wait until the last game to qualify. We want to make sure this will be the time that we’ll be talking about playing in the Asian Cup in 2019. 
“It would be great in the game if we get an early goal. The longer the game goes that we’re not scoring, the pressure will be bigger. But with the squad that we have, the players we have we should qualify.”
Coach Dooley backed up his captain and the former United States international has set his sights on all three points in Lalitpur.
“We have to win the game, that’s the bottom line,” he said. “We have to look for options who can play like we need a target player up front and there’s James Younghusband, who can score goals. 
“Together with Mike Ott, they can feed each other with Phil right behind them and supporting them. That’s what we’re hoping to accomplish.”
Nepal, who won the AFC Solidarity Cup in Malaysia last year, have already been eliminated and their Japanese coach Koji Gyotoku is concerned over the loss of several players due to injury.
“We had very good regular training for the last one month, but we have been hit by injuries to our key defenders Devendra Tamang and Aditya Chaudhary,” he said.
“We have had problems in the defence and with Tamang and Chaudhary out of the squad now, we have been trying to fix the hole.
"We have worked on tightening the defence for Tuesday's game. We want to see our team bridge the gap on Philippines in terms of performance level.”
Yemen, meanwhile, will take on a resurgent Tajikistan knowing a win would seal their place at the Finals, too, with the teams currently level on six points each.
Abraham Mebratu’s side won the first meeting between the teams on Matchday One and the coach is aiming to maintain his side’s unbeaten run so far in qualifying for UAE 2019.
“We need to go into this game with a lot of concentration because we need to show a lot of commitment to win this game,” he said. “I hope that the players will be ready to take three points.
“We will go into the game with a lot of ambition because we are yet to lose in the qualifiers or since I took charge of the team in the playoffs against the Maldives and that is an important thing for us.
“We have prepared well and, regardless of our results in friendly matches, our aim is to perform well in our next game.”
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Dooley: Win Over Nepal is a Must

The stakes could not get any higher for the Philippine Men’s National Team ahead of their crucial AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers match against Nepal on Tuesday 14 November 2017 at the ANFA Complex in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Azkals arrived in Kathmandu last Wednesday and have been in intense training for the past few days leading up to the match.
Philippines head coach Thomas Dooley was fairly impressed with how the players have trained despite the high altitude.
“Preparations are going very well,” said Dooley. “I was a little bit surprised with how the players handled the difference in the altitude well, but we will see in the game.”
The Azkals mentor understood the risks going to the match as several regulars such as Amani Aguinaldo, Manny Ott, and Javier Patiño out for the match due to injuries. Still, Dooley is adamant that the 23 players he called up for the match can accomplish the task.
“We have to win the game and that’s the bottom line,” added Dooley. “The confidence I have in the players is that individually they are unique and if they put together their 100% on the field, then we have a big chance to win the game.”
Goalkeeping coach Stefano Marsella also gave his view on the preparations for the match.
“The three goalkeepers work together, they all know what’s about, what’s at stake, but they’re also playing and training because they know what’s coming up as well,” said Marsella. “Their attitude has been spot on during training.”


11 November 2017

Bukidnon lad living his dream

by Jack Biantan

AZKALS coach Thomas Dooley just this week surprised everyone when he named Ceres-Negros FC newbie Joshua Dutosme from Malaybalay, Bukidnon, to the 23-man Azkals that will play against Nepal in Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan country on Nov. 14. The 21-year-old midfielder is just new with the Ceres-Negros FC but despite of his very few exposures with Busmen, coach Dooley might have seen something from this young lad. Joshua got his professional contract with Ceres-Negros FC just this August after impressing the coaching staff with his stellar performances for the University of St. La Salle-Ceres Bacolod in the local leagues. He could have joined other professional clubs in the Philippine Football League but he preferred Ceres as the club is also the sponsor of his school, USLS-Bacolod, where he finished his Marketing degree last March. Joshua started to play the beautiful game in Malaybalay at age 10 after his family moved from Kisolon, Sumilao Bukidnon. In Malaybalay, he learned to love the sport after being challenged by his classmates.

Today, he is looking forward to play for the Azkals. He has already travelled with the team in Kathmandu and they are preparing for November 14 match. A win in this match will put them on top of the heap in the ongoing AFC Asian Cup 2018 Group F elimination tournament and an outright qualification for the 2018 tournament in UAE. "I am living in my dream. I grew up idolizing the best football players in the Philippines and now we’re teammates already. I can’t really express my feelings with words. Words are not enough," Joshua said in an interview with SunStar CDO. He added that it is in every Filipino football player’s dream to be part of the Azkals. "Becoming an Azkal is a gift for me after losing three chances in the past during my younger years because I chose my education and keeping my scholarship with USLS," he said. Joshua is untested yet with the Azkals. We are just hoping he will get a chance of playing on November 14.

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/sports/2017/11/11/bukidnon-lad-living-his-dream-574238

10 November 2017

AFC Asian Cup qualifier : Nepal vs Philippines

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AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers Nepal 🇳🇵 vs Philippines 🇵🇭 📅 Tuesday 14 November 2017 ⏱ 2:15 PM Nepal (4:15 PM Manila time) 📺 ABS-CBN S+A

10 Nov Weekly CEO Column: LFI Disciplinary Committee Decision

With the recent LFI Disciplinary Committee decisions posted in our website and social media platforms, I would like to start this column by explaining certain inquiries posted in our social media. For a start, the responsibilities and function of the LFI Disciplinary Committee is stipulated in the PFF Disciplinary Code (“Code”). This document together with the PFL Tournament Regulations are found in the PFL website, or through this link.
The establishment of the LFI Disciplinary Committee is timely as there was a growing trend of indiscipline reported by match officials. Principles of fair play, respect and integrity should never be compromised.
There were some concerns on whether these decisions should be made public. Article 88 par. 2 of the Code provides for the contents of those decisions already notified to the addressees be made public. These decisions were already communicated to the Clubs prior to its publication. It is common practice and provided for under the rules of the football governing bodies to publish decisions of its judicial bodies.
In my next Column, we will invite the Chairman of the LFI Disciplinary Committee to provide an insight on how decisions are taken by the LFI Disciplinary Committee in accordance with the Code.
Lazarus J. Xavier
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09 November 2017

09 Nov First PFL Disciplinary Committee Decisions Published

The Philippines Football League (LFI) Disciplinary Committee made decisions on several cases in their first Disciplinary Committee meeting held last 7 November 2017.
Player Adam Tull from Kaya FC-Makati was handed out a nine match suspension for three offenses over two matches in violation of Articles 48, 49, and 57 of the PFF Disciplinary Code. Tull is also ordered to pay a fine of P50,000.
Player Paolo Pavone from Ilocos United FC was handed out a six match suspension for three offenses over two matches in violation of Articles 49 & 57 of the PFF Disciplinary Code and Article 8 of the PFL Tournament Regulations.
Davao Aguilas FC Assistant Coach Melchor Anzures was given a four match suspension for misconduct against match officials in violation of Article 49 of the PFF Disciplinary Code.
Kaya FC Makati was also fined a total of P175,000 for the behavior of its fans in their home match against Global Cebu FC on 2 July 2017 and for its away match against FC Meralco Manila on 5 August 2017 pursuant to Article 65 and 67 of the Disciplinary Code.
Players Sean Kane, Masaki Yanagawa, and Takashi Odawara from JPV Marikina FC were also fined P25,000 each for exhibiting unsporting behavior towards the Match Commissioner for a violation of Article 19.3 of the PFL Tournament Regulations and Article 57 of the Disciplinary Code.
For the rest of the decisions, please see here


08 November 2017

Azkals off to Kathmandu


The Philippine Azkals left for the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu early Wednesday with the goal of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time when the continental showpiece event is played in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.
Held to back-to-back draws by Yemen in the last two qualifying matches, the Azkals hope to finally nail the Asian Cup berth with a win over Nepal on Nov. 14 at ANFA Stadium in Kathmandu.

“This will be as good as any chance for us to qualify,” Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband told the Inquirer. “We were so close in 2014 and for some of the players, it was one of their biggest disappointments. But now we have another chance.”

The Azkals will be returning to a country where it has already achieved success, having reached the semifinals of the AFC Challenge Cup for the first time in 2012 in the Nepalese capital.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/271602/azkals-off-kathmandu#ixzz4xscOYWCr

PFL: JPV Marikina 2-2 Ceres-Negros Fc

PFL Wednesday

JPV Marikina vs Ceres-Negros FC

Binan Football Stadium , 3 pm


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PFL Advisory: JPV Marikina FC vs Ceres Negros FC

Due to poor visibility, the referee has decided to abandon the match between JPV Marikina FC and Ceres Negros FC in the 78th minute.
Pursuant to Article 10.7 of the PFL Tournament Regulations, the match result at the time of the abandonment is declared as the final result.
Both teams have been notified that the final result of the abandoned match is: JPV Marikina FC 2-2 Ceres Negros FC

07 November 2017

Match Preview: JPV Marikina vs Ceres-Negros

JPV Marikina will play host to Ceres-Negros in the midweek encounter on November 8 at the Biñan Stadium. Ceres-Negros however will be fielding the bare minimum lineup when they meet for the fourth and final time this season.
The international break has already kicked in and with it the departure of national players from their club teams. With the unmovable fixture set at the break, the Negros squad will miss five players for the match.
Kevin Ingreso, Iain Ramsay, Junior Muñoz, Joshua Dutosme, and Carlie de Murga are set for National duty as the Azkals face Nepal in Asian Cup qualifying next week.
“They won’t be available tomorrow,” said Team Manager James Dinsay. “They will be flying out for their game in Nepal. We dont have that much players because we have several players injured,” he added.
The two squads have played memorable games this year with Marikina drawing first blood with a 2-1 win early in the season. Cancellation of matches due to Ceres’ participation in the AFC Cup meant that some matches were to be rescheduled later in the season.
The wait however was worth it as a classic game in Panaad last October saw Ceres climb to a 2-0 lead at the half only to be upended in the second half as a 10-man JPV squad fought back to earn a draw in a flooded pitch in Bacolod.
Ceres-Negros eventually found their way against JPV a week later when they trashed the visitors 5-0 at home to finally offset their unbeaten record over the Marikina side.
With Ceres-Negros missing much of the team this Wednesday, JPV are favorites to get another win in Biñan. “I think they’re prepared and we don’t have players so I guess they’re much favored,” added the Ceres Team Manager.
The match was initially scheduled to kickoff at 3pm at the Rizal Memorial but was cancelled at the last minute and was moved to Biñan. A livestream will be provided through the PFF Mycujoo platform.