KAYA-ILOILO PREVAILS OVER MAHARLIKA MANILA IN PFL

MANILA – Kaya Futbol Club-Iloilo cruised to a solo lead in the 2022-2023 Philippines Football League via a 4-1 victory over Maharlika Manila Football Club over the weekend at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite. Eric Ben Giganto struck twice while Daizo Horikoshi and Marco Casambre added a conversion each.  The Iloilo City-based booters improved to 24 points behind eight wins and two draws. Maharlika has a point after 11 games.

Horikoshi drew first blood for the Yu Hoshide-mentored Kaya Iloilo as he connected from close range at the fifth minute. Giganto doubled the lead at the 35th minute with his connection from the right flank. Just before the halftime break, Kaya-Iloilo widened the lead further to three as defender Casambre knocked down his first goal of the League as he squarely hit the header into the back of the net. Continue reading KAYA-ILOILO PREVAILS OVER MAHARLIKA MANILA IN PFL

          UNITED CITY RETURN TO ACTION WITH IMPRESSIVE WIN OVER STALLION LAGUNA

After three weeks since their last game, United City got their 2022-2023 Philippines Football League campaign back on track with a 4-2 victory over Stallion Laguna, Saturday evening, at the Binan Football Stadium. Kenshiro Daniels broke the deadlock in the 11th minute when he scored via a header off a corner. Up 1-0 by halftime, the defending champions went on a rampage after the break.

Daniel told reporters that as a team, they performed alright. He went further and added that they got a bit sloppy towards the end. However, according to him, that wasn’t anywhere close to their best game but he will be satisfied that they duid what they needed to do. Amirbek Juraboev tapped home Pika Minegishi’s assist in the 50th minute while Argentinian midfielder Ricardo Sendra gave United City a three-goal cushion with a fine finish in the 64th minute. Continue reading           UNITED CITY RETURN TO ACTION WITH IMPRESSIVE WIN OVER STALLION LAGUNA

                      PHILIPPINES FOOTBALL LEAGUE SEASON 2022-2023 HAS KICKED OFF

The local domestic scene returns as the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) announces the official kickoff date of the Philippines Football League brought to you by Qatar Airways Season 2022-2023 on 14 August 2022 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. The season will run from August 2022 to May 2023 as the PFL aligns its league fixtures with the AFC competitions calendar beginning next year. The first two rounds will be played from August to November 2022 followed by the third and fourth rounds scheduled for January to May 2023.

For the first time since the onset of the pandemic, league matches will be played in several venues across the country with the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila, Biñan Football Stadium in Biñan, Laguna, City of Imus Grandstand in Imus, Cavite, and the PFF National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite as the initial match venues. Additionally, the league, through the initiative of the clubs, will hold select matches at the Dynamic Herb Sports Complex in Cebu, the New Clark City Stadium in Pampanga, and the Iloilo Sports Complex in Iloilo. Continue reading                       PHILIPPINES FOOTBALL LEAGUE SEASON 2022-2023 HAS KICKED OFF

                            MATCH REPORT: KAYA FC – ILOILO 1-0 STALLION LAGUNA FC

 

Kaya-Iloilo moved a win from retaining the Copa Paulino Alcantara title after edging out Stallion-Laguna, 1-0, in their rain-drenched semifinal held Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at the PFF National Training Centre in Carmona, Cavite. Daizo Horikoshi, the tournament’s top goalscorer, produced the winner in the 86th minute as Kaya progressed to its fourth consecutive Final after surviving a gallant stand of the tough Stallion side.

Horikoshi’s sixth goal allowed Kaya to extend its unbeaten run in domestic competitions to 16 straight matches dating back to the shortened 2020 Philippines Football League season. The holders will look to lift the Copa trophy for the second straight year when they face United City FC on Sunday. United City also needed a 1-0 win to beat Dynamic Herb Cebu in the other semis match. Kaya has appeared in all championship matches of the annual cup competition named after the great FC Barcelona striker, winning twice during the inaugural run in 2018 over the Davao Aguilas and in 2021 against the Azkals Development Team. Continue reading                             MATCH REPORT: KAYA FC – ILOILO 1-0 STALLION LAGUNA FC

PHILIPPINES RESUME A/CUP QUALIFIERS AGAINST YEMEN

The qualification campaign for the 2023 Asian Cup tournament resumes this week with third round matches and Philippines soccer would be a participant. The third round of the 2023 Asian Cup is a group format and the Philippines are in Group B alongside Yemen, hosts Mongolia and Palestine.


The Philippines will start their third round qualifiers against Yemen at the MFF Football Centre in Ulaanbaatar on Wednesday. On the same day, Palestine will take on hosts Mongolia at the same venue to complete the first set of games in Group. Philippines soccer has suffered on the international scene in recent times with two successive defeats against Malaysia and Singapore in March. Continue reading PHILIPPINES RESUME A/CUP QUALIFIERS AGAINST YEMEN

QATAR: HOW SYRIA FAILED TO QUALIFY

The Syrians were one of the six nations who failed to qualify for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament despite reaching the third round stage of the Asian qualifiers. Apart from Syria, the other teams are China People’s Republic (China PR), Oman, Iraq, Lebanon and Vietnam. It must be pointed out that either one from Australia and the United Arab Emirates or both could still miss out on Qatar 2022 from the third round of the Asian qualifiers.


The United Arab Emirates and Australia finished third in Group A and Group B respectively in the third round of the Asian qualifiers ahead of this year’s World Cup. The two teams will face each other in a playoff in June with the winner scheduled to take on South American side Peru in the inter-confederation playoffs in the same month. Continue reading QATAR: HOW SYRIA FAILED TO QUALIFY

PHILIPPINES ON TWO-MATCH LOSING RUN

The Philippines are on a two-match losing run after suffering back-to-back defeats during the international break last month. Philippines Soccer suffered a major setback with the defeats to Malaysia and Singapore last month.


Philippines Soccer had built a winning momentum with victories over Timor-Leste and Myanmar in December 2021 before the two international friendlies last month. The Philippines had two wins from their last three games before the matches against Malaysia and Singapore. The 2-1 defeat to Thailand was sandwiched between the Timor-Leste and Myanmar games. Continue reading PHILIPPINES ON TWO-MATCH LOSING RUN

PHILIPPINES: 2023 ASIAN CUP QUALIFICATION REVIEWED

Philippines still have a lot of work to do to secure one of the 24 spots at the 2023 Asian Cup tournament scheduled to take place in ten stadiums across ten Chinese cities. As things stand, Philippines soccer won’t be represented in China unless qualification is sealed.


The first two rounds of the 2023 Asian Cup was also the same as the first two rounds of the Qatar 2022 qualifiers in the Asian section. In the first round, Philippines soccer received a bye to the second round. For the second round, Philippines were in a five-team group alongside the Peoples Republic of China (China PR), Guam, Maldives and Syria. They were all drawn into Group A. Continue reading PHILIPPINES: 2023 ASIAN CUP QUALIFICATION REVIEWED

PHILIPPINES CRASH OUT OF WAC BUT SHOW GREAT SIGNS

Although the Philippines Women Football Team were unfortunately sent packing from the Women’s Asian Cup tournament, they have shown some blistering signs that there are great and better things to come in the future from their team. Their fairytale came to an abrupt end in the tournament following their 2-0 loss at the hands of the South Korean team in the semi-finals of the competition but there were some positives to take out of the match.

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Firstly, it was a history-making campaign for the Philippines women and that alone would raise their hopes even though they would have really loved to be in the finals battling it all out for the title. But another positive thing to pick out of the match is that their chances of making it to the FIFA Women’s World Cup next hear have been boosted. Their participation at the tournament would be their first time and they are expected to reach the heights following their exploits at the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
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