Yeah reaching the finals is asking too much so i tamper my expectations to a more realistic one But who knows, and ceres recently has been preserving the injury laden schrock for harder battles ahead. Not to mention the sg cup later this month. Global is doing the same thing they are playing Nazari only in halves since they learned their participation in sg cup.
Good idea to temper your expectations. Having said that, this year is probably the best chance for a Philippine side to do well in the AFC Cup, with Kuwait and Indonesia feds suspended. The Kuwaiti sides in recent years have dominated this championships and Indonesian clubs tend to do well in the East Zone. If you add that info, and the fact that most of the really formidable AFC club sides(with their bigger budgets) play in the AFC Champion's League, this gives our clubs a fighting chance of performing well in this year's edition.
And you are right. Ceres will have to juggle their lineup and traveling schedules for the tie on May 24 against South China FC. Aside from domestic league duties, they are also scheduled to compete in the Singapore Cup within the same week(May 22-29).
Ceres will be facing a tired opponent on May 24. South China FC has a tough schedule prior to their tie with Ceres in the AFC Cup. They will play with Pegasus FC for a local cup final on May 18 and the post season playoff on May 21 to compete for the slot of AFC Champions League qualification or AFC Cup group stage in 2017. That leaves South China only 3 days to prepare, travel and rest prior to their AFC Cup match with Ceres. They can save time by probably booking a direct flight from HK to Bacolod if that is available but if you add the heat and humidity that their opponent will have to adjust to, Ceres will have all kinds of advantages for this match.
Fortunately for Ceres, their Singapore Cup match will be on Sep 29, 5 days after the AFC Cup tie, so they will have enough time to prepare and rest for their AFC Cup game on May 24 especially since their previous game will be on May 18 nearly a week before.
To all our kababayans in Malaysia and Singapore, we will face Johor Darul Ta'zim on May 25 at Tan Sri Dato Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. It's been an honor to represent the Philippines in this tournament, and we hope everyone can come together and watch us play against the defending AFC Cup champions. Your support would mean a lot to us.
[AFC Cup 2016] South China AA: Scouting Report Part 2 Posted on May 20, 2016
Ceres-La Salle FC have secured home advantage in the AFC Cup Round of 16 and out to get an upset is Hong Kong’s South China AA.
Photo from South China AA Wikipedia Page
South China Athletic Association is Hong Kong’s most successful club scoring the most first division titles (41) in its 112 years of existence. The club has participated in the AFC Cup 7 time since 2008 reaching the semifinal in 2009. Also known as “Chinese Temple”, this storied club reached the quarterfinals in last years AFC Cup yielding to eventual champions in Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim.
The Hong Kong club started poorly in the group stages losing the first three games and recovering to win the last three and the runner up spot for group G. In the last three games, the club has only allowed one goal (via deflection) while scoring seven. South China finished third in the recently concluded Hong Kong Premier League where eventual champions eastern and Kitchee were on a two-horse race for the title.
Players to Watch
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) employs a 3+1 foreign player rule where 3 Non-Asians and 1 Asian player can be included in the line-up of different clubs. This allows the development of local talent within the country and the continent.
#22 Bojan Malisic (Defender) The Serbian centerback has been with the club since 2014 and is currently the captain of South China. He stands 1.86 cm (6’1″ ft) and is agile enough to cover fast attackers.
#8 Mahama Awal (Midfielder) This Cameroonian winger has the pace, passing, and shooting skills, playing mostly from the right flank but can switch when needed. He has scored two goals in the competition and has also an assist. The topscorer for his club in the HK Premier League with 11 goals, he should be marked very well by opposing defenders.
#3 Ryan Griffiths (Forward) The Australian striker is the top scorer of the club in the AFC Cup after getting three goals, two from penalties. The 34-year old has played for the Socceroos and is known for his positioning and knack on goals. He is a well traveled journeyman who has played in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
#10 Luiz Carlos The Brazilian midfielder stands 1.85m (6’1″ft) has not scored in the AFC Cup but is known for imposing his presence in the middle for South China.
#7 Chan Siu Ki (Forward) Chan is the Hong Kong National Team’s all-time top scorer in international football. The 30-year old’s versatility to play up front and on the wings makes him a dangerous player aside from the finishing that he can produce.
#21 Law Hiu Chung (Midfielder) Law is a very hardworking midfielder for South China. His hard work has given him two goals in very scrappy occasions. The HK player should not be overlooked by the defense.
#36 Wisdom Fofo Agbo (Defender) The Ghanian born player has been a veteran for the Hong Kong league since 2004. He plays defensive midfield for South China .
Read: [AFC Cup 2016] South China AA: Scouting Report Part 1
Possible First XI
South China has been very dangerous in set pieces and in the counter. A good portion of the goals came from corners where the offense is quick to react on goal scoring opportunities. Mahama Awal has lorded over the right flanks with his pace creating opportunities for himself and for his teammates during counterattacks. South China is a scrappy team which takes advantages of second balls and undisciplined defenses. Their defense has only conceded once in the last three games after allowing nine goals in the first three. They were disorganized defensively in their first three games especially on set pieces and counters.
Kaya and Ceres have both stunned the Asian football firmament by qualifying out of the group stage in the 2016 AFC Cup. But can they maintain their good form and hurdle their next assignments to reach the home-and-away quarterfinals in September?
Both matches will be played to a win, with extra time and/or penalties if the teams cannot be separated after an hour and a half of regulation play.
Arguably Ceres has the easier path. The Bacolod-based side topped their group, earning them a right to play at home at this stage on Tuesday, May 24. The visitors will be Hong Kong outfit South China.
The busmen will need all the support from the home side since South China, known as the "Shaolin Temple" of Hong Kong football, are a veteran crew who have enjoyed previous success against a Filipino side in this Asian club competition. Last year, they swept their season series against Global, including a 6-1 mauling at the Rizal Memorial.
South China have a superb attacking line comprised of Mahama Awal of Cameroon and Chan Siu Ki, a rangy, experienced Hong Kong national team campaigner. Bojan Malisic of Croatia is a force in the middle of the park.
Ceres have been banged up of late. Adrian Gallardo, this year's second leading goalscorer in the competition with 8 strikes, did not dress in Ceres' last UFL league game, a leisurely 10-1 stroll in the park versus Agila last Wednesday, May 18. The Spaniard is nursing an injured knee but is set to play on Tuesday, according to team management. Jeffrey Christiaens is also likely to play even though he too has been battling injury. Martin Steuble is also hampered by a problem with his calf but he's also likely good to go.
Stephan Schrock is another key player who has been sidelined this year with a sore quadricep. Against Agila he was a late second-half substitute. One imagines that in a match of this magnitude, coach Frank Muescan will utilize him, at the very least, as a second-half impact sub.
In Ceres' final group stage game versus Sheikh Jamal of Bangladesh a fortnight ago, Jalsor Soriano started at left back as the team's only homegrown outfield starter. He shone with a pair of probing long passes that caused problems for the Bangladeshi side's defensive line. A match with this much at stake will be a real stress test for the native of Talisay, Negros Occidental, whose brother Janrick may also play in the AFC Cup for Kaya on Wednesday, May 25.
It's not clear if veteran centerback Juani Guirado will win his race to fitness. The former Azkal was in street clothes last Wednesday. Jason Sabio will have a decent chance of getting a start.
Meanwhile, Kaya will try to do what no other team has done in the AFC Cup this year: beat defending champs Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT).
JDT, who outplayed Istiklol in last year's final, have brutalized their group, taking the full 18 points with 6 wins from 6 matches. Malaysian national team veteran Safiq Rahim is having a vintage campaign with 7 goals, 3rd in the competition. Two other experienced Malaysian national team stalwarts, Safee Sali and the ageless Amri Yahyah, can also create.
Ominously, JDT captured the Malaysian FA Cup last weekend with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over PKNS. This is a team with all sorts of momentum on their side.
Kaya's defense, which has only conceded two goals in the group stage, must have another solid outing. Aly Borromeo can make a great case for a possible Suzuki Cup slot if he and his wing man Masanari Omura can conjure up another clean sheet.
Coach Joel Villarino has a headache with the suspension of English striker Louis Clark due to accumulated cards. The onus to beat goalie Farizal Marlias will be on OJ Porteria, Kenshiro Daniels, Jovin Bedic, Miguel Tanton, and Antonio Ugarte. Charlie Beaton could be a surprising source of offensive production.
ACTION. Charlie Beaton of Kaya goes for the score. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler
ACTION. Charlie Beaton of Kaya goes for the score. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler
Kaya welcomed back Ghanaian midfielder Alfred Osei from injury to his meniscus. Osei will have a small hassle to deal with: while the rest of the team will fly to Singapore and then make the short hop across the causeway to Johor Bahru, Osei will fly to Kuala Lumpur and endure the longer land voyage to Johor on the tip of the Western Malaysian peninsula. Manager Paul Tolentino, who will accompany Osei, said the Ghanaian is unable to enter Malaysia through Singapore either because of his visa or passport.
As of the moment, ABS-CBN Sports+Action is airing the match on a next-day delay, while Fox Sports, according to the TV guide on its website, is not planning on a live telecast, probably due to French Open tennis coverage. Let's hope for a change in that situation with one of the networks, or at least a reliable streaming link.
On Wednesday after drubbing Forza, Kaya were given a special recovery meal treat: a stack of pizzas from one of their sponsors. The carb- rich food might not be the choice of most modern sports nutritionists for a bite after a match, but Tolentino said it's the preferred grub of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo after a heated football contest.
Will Kaya's postmatch pepperoni be a celebratory feast or comfort food for a bitter defeat? Will Ceres rise to the occasion or stumble at this hurdle? By Wednesday night we will know the answer to both of these burning questions.
The South China football team from Hong Kong arrived in Bacolod City yesterday ready to conquer home team Ceres-La Salle FC when the two squads face each other tomorrow in the Round of 16 single-match knockout of the AFC Cup 2016 at the Panaad Stadium.
South China head coach Brazilian Ricardo Rambo said they are aware of how good Ceres is as a team, especially when they are playing at home.
“This a very aggressive team. They always put pressure on the other team to create something, especially when they are playing at home,” Rambo said.
“We have to focus to get a good result. We came off a very tight schedule in our home league but we have two days to recover,” he added.
With the team are four non-Hon Kong nationals, Cameroonian footballer Mahama Awal, Serbian Bojan Mališic, Brazilian Luiz Carlos, and Australian Ryan Griffiths.
Coach Rambo, who joined the team two months ago, believes that South China can win the game against Ceres just like they did at the start of the group stages when they bounced back from three straight losses and registered three successive wins to finish No. 2 in the group and advance to the Round of 16.
“We came here to win,” said Awal, a winger known for his lightning quick speed.
Aware of the talented foreign players in the Ceres' lineup, he said they came prepared and will work very hard to beat the home team.
Awal said South China is a very good team and they are like a family to one another, on and off the pitch.
“We started badly in the group stage but we recovered,” Mališic said, adding that the public can expect a very good game from them tomorrow.
Meanwhile, home team Ceres will be going into the game at the Pana-ad with the 5-0 victory against Bangladesh in their last match in the AFC Cup group stages followed by two straight wins in the UFL tucked under their belt.
Ceres head coach Frank Muescan earlier said that fatigue and accumulated yellow cards are their major concerns but they have a system on how to address these problems.
AFC Cup debutants Ceres La Salle will be banking on the support of their home crowd at Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium in Tuesday’s AFC Cup last 16 clash with Hong Kong’s South China according to coach Franklin Muescan. The Filipino club won Group E ahead of Singapore’s Tampines Rovers with an undefeated record, chalking up two of their three wins on their own turf.
But with first-ever place in the quarter-finals at stake against 2013 semi-finalists South China, Muescan (pictured) is looking for a landmark performance from his side in front of their fans.
“South China is a big opponent and probably the best team we will be playing against in the history of the club. But we are the home side and we want to use this advantage,” said Muescan.
“We know that the Hong Kong Premier League is strong and their local players are good. South China is an established club and playing against them will be a great experience.
“It’s hard to pinpoint any weakness in South China, but from our end, we want to show that we have good team spirit and we believe in the quality and capability of our players.”
South China crucially beat India’s Mohun Bagan on the final Matchday a fortnight ago to finish second in Group G behind the I-League side and edge out Myanmar’s Yangon United by a point.
By the mid-way point of the group stage, though, that outcome looked unlikely after three straight defeats. However, under the management of Ricardo Rambo the side surged back to snatch a place in the Round of 16 after a run of three consecutive victories.
“We’ve had good results in the past three games, but this game is very important and we want to do well in the AFC Cup,” said South China coach Rambo, who saw his side defeated at the semi-final stage of the Hong Kong Premier League Season Play-Off after a 2-1 defeat to Southern District on Saturday.
“The team morale is very high and we’re very eager to get a win to reach the next round, which is important for a club with history like South China.”
“We know we will be playing a compact team which is also very hard-working with some quality play. I am very confident we can get the win but to do so we have to play very smart.”
after all were talking of PSO, the opponent scored a goal after a bad ball control of Sabio. there was also some bad decision making of Casas at the end. they were frustrated but nonetheless, its a great run by the club
Kaya down 7-1 with only 15minutes to play. good experience for both Kaya and Ceres. who knows what are their plan for their future. they might add some good players to boost their roster. good exposure for Philippine football in general
The Kaya FC goaltender didn't play to his usual standards in this game. Hopefully this wasn't due to anything suspicious especially since Malaysia has had several scandals in the past.
I have to watch the replay tonight and see. Despite the loss, this is still a milestone for Ph football especially to our clubs. They just have to sustain that level and with more money involved domestically, hoping for more signings of quality players or better our potential azkal will choose to relocate here and play in the ufl
well he should get better strikers for the team if he wants it to improve
I saw the game, replay of course. Wow so painful to see. That Malaysian team is STRONG!
The Ceres loss is very hard to swallow. With about 6 30+ yo players on the HK side. Youd think Ceres would get stronger as the game moves along but the younger team (Ceres) looked at a loss, depressed and didnt know what to do at crunch time. In regular time that game was ours to lose and we did. At least the team got some experience perhaps next AFC Cup we'll get better performance from Ceres.
One of my favorite veterans in Azkals/player is Mulders. This game he was the 1st sub; He absolutely didnt do anything for the team. Youd think a high IQ attacking CM would have helped, well he played more like a DM. He had great interceptions, nice crisp mostly midrange passes but he never really put any pressure on the other team. Dunno, the team AND the coach looked bewildered after the end of the 90 min regulation.
BoyBacolod: what lol 😋
Feb 23, 2019 12:57:25 GMT 8
truman: keep ting on basketball, mate. accept it, we can't cope up with its popularity. Dont hate on the sport. Blame PFF for not marketing the sport well enough.Now that the Philippines is in the FIBA World Cup, it would be a loooot harder for ustogainsupport
Feb 25, 2019 0:44:10 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: If some UAAP or NCAA schools will join the new league in one form or another, it may remove the gap between U22s and seniors. The schools can devise a system akin to sports academies, education is important after all.
Feb 28, 2019 18:16:35 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Will the PFL be like the San Marino league system, where there are no so-called "home" stadiums.
Mar 2, 2019 12:39:19 GMT 8
leoisiah: Gibraltar also has a single stadium for their league.
Mar 12, 2019 8:27:57 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Rules are rules are rules. The two clubs should have known better. They are given loads of time to act on it. And to those who say PFF sucks, sometimes they do but one thing they are consistent is sticking to the rules.
Mar 25, 2019 10:42:16 GMT 8
truman: Agree @boybacolod
Mar 25, 2019 14:49:21 GMT 8
truman: lowkey cringe sa conyoness ng PPL FB page.
Apr 8, 2019 10:11:23 GMT 8
truman: sad day for philippine football
Apr 27, 2019 13:22:38 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Why I like UAAP football, no more extra games for seeding.Makes me think about European efficiency. Wish gayahin din sa basketball (very sketchy tiebreakers), like Euroleague.
May 8, 2019 14:02:35 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Negros Occidental footy fans, expect more football this 2019, now that a San Carlos native is governor.
May 14, 2019 2:05:22 GMT 8
Jun 9, 2019 18:39:47 GMT 8
@BoyBacolod: Hamak na mungkahi lang. Mabuti siguro kung maipromote ulit ang larong sipa. Daming maling sa sipa na mga bata, mabuting transistion for futsal, kung hindi regular football. Parang sa Thailand, sepak takraw, o chinlone sa Myanmar.
Jul 24, 2019 19:12:53 GMT 8
bluedevil2k8: guys please support the across the line podcast
Sept 16, 2019 19:18:16 GMT 8
papajamba: listening now to simone rota - across the line podcast
Sept 16, 2019 23:48:32 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: As long as Ricky Yanson is professional to Ceres FC and extends support to the Azkals in general (Ceres Azkals in particular) during home games, he can be PFF president in my book. Much better will be reconciling with Leo, though that idea is Farfetch'd.
Sept 21, 2019 23:07:36 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Kaya fans wishing that Ricky Yanson wins the PFF presidency is akin to GMA fans wishing that Congress and President Duterte will not renew ABS-CBN's franchise.
Oct 24, 2019 21:10:39 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: We will wait for the basketball and volleyball ASEAN teams and then we compare their reception to that given to the football delegations, where ALL ASEAN nations participate. Now there will be foreign scrutiny in every move of PHISGOC.
Nov 24, 2019 23:20:26 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: DDS trolls underestimated the SEA football community. Having no prior exposure to football culture, they dismiss any and all so-called sabotages as destabilization plots, to the point that they do not support the teams, especially the women.
Nov 27, 2019 15:25:36 GMT 8
Passerby: That's awkwardly worded.
Mar 6, 2020 21:09:41 GMT 8