2014 AFC U14 Girls’ Regional Championship for the ASEAN: Philippines to meet Thailand in the Finals

14 06 2014

It is Philippines versus Thailand for all the marbles in the 2014 AFC U14 Girls’ Regional Championship for the ASEAN region after both teams hurdled their respective semifinal opponents.   The pair will enter the finals as the 2 remaining undefeated teams in the tournament. The Philippines topped Group A by beating Singapore, Vietnam, and Cambodia while Thailand dominated Malaysia and Myanmar. The Philippines won 2-1 over Myanmar in their semifinal match while Thailand survived a rugged game against hosts and defending champions Vietnam, 2-0.

 

In the Philippines-Myanmar tiff, it was Myanmar that struck first in the 9th minute with a goal by Hnin Mya Thazin. The Philippines got an equalizer 5 minutes later courtesy of a goal from Itsuko Maree Bacatan. The game was knotted at 1 apiece for more than 50 minutes until Joyce Omboy Semacio struck the game winner at the 66th minute sending the Philippines to the finals.

 

The Thailand vs. Vietnam match was also very competitive. Dassama broke the ice for Thailand by scoring in the 15th minute. Tipkritta sealed the deal for the Thais after scoring from a penalty in 54th minute. The Thais have maintained a clean so far throughout the tournament.

 

Thailand will be the favorites in the championship match but they cannot underestimate the gritty Philippine side who only conceded 1 goal in 4 games. A victory by the Philippines in the finals would be historic in nature and could encourage the nation’s leadership to continue supporting and developing football in a country long dominated by basketball. The third place battle will also be tough as the dethroned Vietnamese would try to salvage their campaign with big win over Myanmar in the battle for 3rd

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Azkals book a semis seat at the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup

13 03 2012
AFC Challenge Cup

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Nepal- The Philippine men‘s national football team popularly known as the Azkals lived to its billing as one of the most improved football national teams in the world by booking a semifinal slot in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup by beating former Challenge Cup champs Tajikistan, 2-1. The Philippines finished second in their group after winning against India (2-0) and Tajikistan days after dropping a tough 0-2 match against holders North Korea. Their group was considered the group of death with the Azkals bunched with 3 former AFC Challenge Cup champions.

The Azkals sing the national anthem

The Azkals sing the national anthem before the match (via Goalnepal.com)

The Azkals were controlling the game but conceded a goal before halftime. In the 2nd half, it was the same story but the Philippines were successful in two of its chances. Filipino-Spanish Angel Guirado was the star for the Philippines as he fired a perfect cross to Phil Younghusband in the 54th minute. Guirado’s industrious effort led to the 3rd goal of Younghusband in the tournament.  Guirado pressed hard to steal the ball in the left flank before passing it to the wide open striker.

The game-winner came at the 79th minute as Guirado towered everyone for a fine header of a Phil Younghusband pass. It was marvelous game for Guirado who seems not so affected by the controversy that he is facing. Guirado and teammate Lexton Moy has a standing sexual harassment complaint from former Philippine Olympic Committee president Cristy Ramos.

Coach Michael Weiss was ecstatic with a victory. He declared that “This is a historic day! We have actually been making history throughout the tournament but that is not comparable to today,” He added “I am moved. I am honoured and proud to be coach of this team.”

It is great day indeed for the Azkals but their job is not finished yet. The Azkals will face Turkmenistan for a slot in the finals. Palestine and North Korea will dispute the other slot. The winner of the tournament will get a spot at the prestigious AFC Asian Cup.

Angel Guirado, Man of the Match

The Man of the Match Angel Guirado (photo from goalnepal.com)

caloycomment: Angel Guirado is in the center of attention again and this time, it is for good reason … MORE





Azkal Scandal 2012: 24 Oras interview with Ms. Cristy Ramos

7 03 2012

Ms. Cristy Ramos wants the whole Azkals team to be punished for the incident before the Philippine National football team faced the Malaysia National team in a friendly last month. She already filed sexual harassment raps against Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado with Asian Football Confederation disciplinary committee.





Azkal Scandal?? Cristy Ramos accuses 2 Azkals of sexual harassment

3 03 2012

A sexual harassment complaint was filed by Cristy Ramos against football players Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado before the  disciplinary committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The case stemmed from an incident before the friendly game between Philippines and Malaysia last February 29. She sent a letter addressed to Mr. Lim Kia Tong, chairman of the AFC Disciplinary Committee.  The letter detailed her experience while being Match Commissioner of the friendly.

In her letter she said that as the Match Commissioner, it was her responsibility to check and verify the player’s identifications before the game. The Philippine National Football Team popularly known as the Azkals were at their changing room when she was to inspect the players. She narrated that the players were rowdy and did not take the inspections seriously.  No. 25 (Lexton Moy) stood by her said and apparently said “Must be a B cup”, the remark elicited laughter from the other players. No. 12 (Angel Guirado) was only wearing his briefs during his inspection while the other players keep on laughing according to Ms. Ramos, who is a daughter of ex-President Fidel V. Ramos.

Moy, Guirado, and the rest of the Azkals are now in Nepal for the AFC Challenge Cup. They will face North Korea on March 9. Last year, some Azkal members were accused of rape by a model but the issue eventually died down as no formal charges were filed while the accused players vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

caloycomment: Since we are now employing “professional” players in our national team then they should act accordingly… more





Asia 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: October 11 fixtures, results, updated standings

12 10 2011
Joseph Blatter announcing 2014 World Cup will ...

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While the Philippine Azkals is busy with friendlies. The Asian football powerhouses are battling for the limited slots for the 2014 Brazil World Cup.  Here are the results of yesterday’s group games:

Group A

China PR

0:1 (0:1)

Iraq


Singapore

0:3 (0:1)

Jordan

Group A Provisional Standing

Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

 Jordan

3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9

 Iraq

3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6

 China PR

3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3

 Singapore

3 0 0 3 1 7 −6 0

Group B

South Korea

2:1 (0:0)

Un. Arab Emirates

Lebanon

2:2 (1:0)

Kuwait

Group B Provisional Standing

Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

 South Korea

3 2 1 0 9 2 +7 7

 Kuwait

3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 5

 Lebanon

3 1 1 1 5 9 −4 4

 Un. Arab Emirates

3 0 0 3 4 8 −4 0

Group C

Japan

8:0 (4:0)

Tajikistan

Korea DPR

0:1 (0:1)

Uzbekistan

Group C Provisional Standing

Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

 Japan

3 2 1 0 10 1 +9 7

 Uzbekistan

3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7

 North Korea

3 1 0 2 1 2 −1 3

 Tajikistan

3 0 0 3 0 10 −10 0

Group D

Australia

3:0 (1:0)

Oman

Thailand

0:0

Saudi Arabia

Group D Provisional Standing

Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

 Australia

3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9

 Thailand

3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 4

 Saudi Arabia

3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2

 Oman

3 0 1 2 0 6 −6 1

Group E

Indonesia

2:3 (2:2)

Qatar

 Iran 6:0 (3:0)  Bahrain

Group E Provisional Standing

Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

 Iran

3 2 1 0 10 1 +9 7

 Qatar

3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5

 Bahrain

3 1 1 1 2 6 -4 4

 Indonesia

3 0 0 3 2 8 -6 0