In the same press conference as the Dooley announcement, the PFF announced that they also hired Jim Fraser for the U21 team with the aim to compete in the 2017 SEA games. I think he is Australian since Leigh Gunn is an Aussie. Anybody knows anything about him?
RT @soccercentralph: U-21 head coach is Jim Fraser. With him is @azkalroos' @gunn80.
I wonder if this is the same Jim Fraser who was a goalie for the Australian national team. He seems to have trained Enzo Cheng who is a member of the U-19 Philippine national team. Enzo's father is a Filipino Chinese businessman who is now part owner of the A league Western Sydney Wanderers team that will be competing in the Asian Champions league.
My guess is this came about because Jefferson Cheng is managing the U-19 team and Jim Fraser along with Jefferson Cheng is part of the management board of the International Goalkeepers Academy in Australia.
"The other coach.
There was another new coach for the Philippines in the PFF office that day. Australian Jim Fraser is the new U20/U21 national team coach who will lead the side in the Bolkiah Trophy in August, which will be held in Brunei."
PFF appoints another World Cupper as U20/U21 Head Coach
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has recently appointed former Australian World Cup player and Hall of Famer James “Jim” Fraser as the head coach of the U20/U21 Men’s National Team, which is set to compete in the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy that may be held in Brunei Darussalam in August 2014.
Also appointed were Coach Marlon Maro as Technical Adviser, former Azkals player Leigh Gunn as Assistant Coach, Marlon Pinero as Assistant Coach and Noel Marcaida as Goalkeeper Coach.
“We welcome Coach Jim Fraser in the Philippines and we look forward to his contributions to our junior national team. Given the need for our younger teams to be more competitive, we tap the services of experts from developed footballing countries to help us inspect and scout players properly,” said PFF President Mariano Araneta.
The new coaching staff has been conducting inspection and tryouts of players for the national pool. Thus far, sessions for players from Luzon are being held at the University of Makati football field, Emperodor Stadium and Turf BGC for the Month of February. Inspection and tryouts for Visayas and Mindanao players have yet to be scheduled.
The PFF has also instructed all AFC Financial Aid Program (AFAP) Coaches nationwide to make recommendations for promising players that can be inspected.
“We need to find the best players from all over the country and we call on our AFAP coaches to help scout for talents. With Coach Jim’s expertise, we are optimistic that we will be able to field a competitive line-up,” said PFF General Secretary Edwin Gastanes.
Coach Jim Fraser has a UEFA A License in Coaching and is the Director of Coaching at the Sabre United Sports Group and International Goalkeepers of Sydney, Australia. He played for the Australian National Men’s Team in the 1970 and 1974 World Cup. He was recently inducted into Football Australia Sporting Hall of Fame in December 2013.
former national team player Leigh Gunn was also appointed assistant coach. the pff website has some nice pics of the new coach training the team.
If I remember right, the U-19 team they fielded in Australia last year under the same management of Jeffrey Cheng and coach(now assistant coach) Marlon Maro, did well in a tournament over there, winning the Kanga Cup competing as the Carranz football club. They did it with a team predominantly made up of homegrown players(14) and 4 overseas players, which I agree should be prioritized at the younger age groups.
There seems to be a trend for the PFF to appoint national team coaches with excellent teaching credentials as both Dooley and Fraser have their own academies in their respective countries(US and Australia) and have outstanding reputations as teacher of the sport and I think this will benefit the local and younger players.
At the same time, the PFF has announced that this team will skip the '15 Singapore SEA games but will instead prepare for the '17 edition bec. of difficulties with the current officials of the POC and the PSC.
A Chinese Filipino businessman who is reportedly part of a group taking over a professional club in Australia has been appointed manager of the Philippine national Under-21 men’s football team.
Jefferson Cheng, who has also supported the Under-16 and Under-19 national teams in the past, will back the Under-21 Azkals targeting to compete in the Southeast Asian Games in 2017.
In one of his first moves, Cheng brought in Jim Fraser, a former Australian goalkeeper who helped the Socceroos to their first FIFA World Cup appearance in 1974, as the coach of the U-21 Azkals.
“I was asked to come over and (contribute my coaching to the football) development here,” Fraser told InterAksyon.com.
Cheng is part of the management board of the International Goalkeepers Academy, a school for young keepers in Australia run by Fraser.
Fraser, a member of the football Hall of Fame in Australia, said that he will stay in the Philippines this month to identify possible players for the Under-21 Azkals. Eligible members are likely to come from different universities and colleges in the country.
“We need a trial. I’m not sure yet how competitive that would be. I haven’t seen the players but we’ll take a good look at them for the next three weeks, let’s see,” he said.
Fraser believes the news of the possible sale of the Western Sydney Wanderers FC to a group of businessmen that includes Cheng will be a big boost to the development of Philippine football.
“If Jeff is to buy into the club, it is a good path for Filipinos and it’s also a good situation where I’m sure the coaches like myself would be coming to the Philippines from the clubs,” Fraser said. “It is a good thing for Philippine football if that happens.”
The U-21 Azkals will compete in an invitational tournament among Southeast Asian nations called the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy in September.
The side is aiming to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 first via the AFC U-22 Championship qualification rounds in March.
The team is currently training in Osaka, Japan for an intense 15 day training camp at Osaka’s J-Green Sakai training facility. They are scheduled to play Hannan Uni, face Cerezo Osaka’s under 21s and Biwako Seikei Uni before the international squad watches the Socceroos face Japan at Yanmar Stadium, Osaka on November 18.
Enrique is the youngest member of the team at 16 y/o but is apparently already fielding offers from UFL clubs, including Loyola.
“This is like a dream,’’ Monserrat said.
“I want to play club football in Asia, the Philippines, Japan, South Korea.
“I want to keep on working with this team and I want to keep on working as hard as I can because my goal is to play for the Philippines national first team.
“I’m 16 and I’m playing with the under 22s and that’s really special.”
AFC U23 Championship 2016 Qualifiers Draw Philippines in Grp G with DPR Korea, Thailand and Cambodia
Qatar, the hosts of the AFC U-23 Championship 2016 Finals, will not participate in the qualifying competition which is divided into two zones – The West Zone for participating nations from the West and South Central regions, and the East Zone for East Asian and ASEAN nations. There will be three groups of five teams and two groups of four teams in the West Zone (total five groups, 23 teams) while the East Zone will have five groups of four teams (total five groups, 20 teams). Ten group winners and five best-second placed teams from all groups will qualify for the final competition (total 15 qualifying teams). Iran, Bangladesh and Pakistan will be the hosts for the West Zone while the East Zone qualifying competition will take place in China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Chinese Taipei. These hosting nations will be drawn into separate groups.
The top three teams from the 2016 edition will represent Asia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Ming Fu: Si Fu Ming pala yung referee kahapon. Ngayon ko lang natandaan.
Nov 26, 2018 21:06:44 GMT 8
really: @pissed. What's the big deal with calling the national team as "Azkals" it doesn't come off as a club team for me. Its obviously the national team nickname; same as Gilas Pilipinas. Its not Azkals FC or Azkals United.
Nov 28, 2018 0:05:08 GMT 8
delver: I don't mind the national football team being called "Azkals". What I'm concerned about is how they always use the "Azkals" logo on their training kits/jackets and in promoting the games instead of the PFF crest.
Nov 28, 2018 9:14:16 GMT 8