Tough Suzuki Cup draw for Azkals

Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC While the powerhouse Thais are expected to advance from the group, the second spot will be a tossup between the Azkals, Singaporeans and Indonesians.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Batang Pier pin 4th straight loss on Elite Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ The Philippines’ road to redemption in the 2018 Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup in November will have the Azkals going through practically the same teams that denied them of a semifinal spot two years ago.Following the draw held in Jakarta last Wednesday, the Azkals landed in Group B with defending champion Thailand, 2016 finalist Indonesia and four-time champion Singapore and the winner of the playoff between Brunei and Timor Leste.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES With the exception of Brunei and Timor, the three teams were also in the same group as the Azkals, who failed to make the knockout stage when the tournament was held in Bulacan in 2016.“As long as we get our preparation right this time, I think we are capable of doing well in this tournament,” said Azkals manager Dan Palami. “It’s not the easiest group, but we have to see this as an opportunity to improve especially with the Asian Cup in January 2019.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe biennial tournament has been expanded to 10 teams divided into two groups.Unlike the previous format where two countries host the group stage, each nation will now host two matches with two other games played away. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. read more

Kahata goal lifts Kenya over Malawi’s Flames

first_img0Shares0000Kahgata celebrating his goal. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 11 – Francis Kahata’s goal 14 minutes from time off a fine Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma cross saw Kenya’s Harambee Stars register a 1-0 win over Malawi’s Flames in a friendly match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani as Sebastien Migne’s feel good factor with the team continued.Stars looked jaded and as save for two changes forced through injury, head coach Sebastien Migne went with the same team that played Saturday’s 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Ghana. Michael Olunga was in line to start, but pulled out of the team entirely after the warm up after aggravating a knock he picked up on Saturday and was replaced by Zesco United’s Jesse Were.Abadihno Mhango of Malawi against Kenya’s Atudo Jockins. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAt right back, Jockins Atudo who came in as a second half substitute for the injured Philemon Otieno continued in the same role with the Gor Mahia utility man failing to recover in time.It was a hugely contrasting game to what was on display last Saturday against Ghana. Pace and creativity lacked with none of the two sides bearing urgency to score.Malawi had the game’s first chance after 10 minutes, Gerald Phiri’s curling left foot freekick from range going wide with keeper Patrick Matasi un-troubled.Malawi’s Abadihni Mhango against Harambee Stars Ismail Gonzalez. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKenya had to wait till the 18th minute to create their first real effort at goal. Some good team movement anchored by Ismail Gonzalez saw the midfielder pull the ball wide for Aboud Omar, but the left back’s attempt at goal with a shot from the left went over.Almost immediately, Eric Johanna had an ambitious effort trying to catch keeper Brighton Munthali off his line, but the effort went wide with the handful fans who had attended clapping in appreciation.Malawi came close in the 24th minute when Mhango Gabadinho beat Atudo with the ball, the youngster running into the edge of the area but his shot deflected off target for a corner that wasn’t put into good use.Matasi was called into action on the half hour mark making a brilliant save at his near post after Richard Mbulu connected in a cross from John Banda who had raced well away on the right after playing a quick one-two with Alfred Manyoro.Harambee Stars attacking midfielder Ovella Ochieng in action. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAt the start of the second half, Migne made changes, Were paving way for Piston Mutamba in attack while, Ouma came in for the jaded feet of Ovella Ochieng.On the hour mark, Gonzalez paved way for Teddy Akumu in midfield as the tactician threw in more players for assessment.Nonetheless, chances still remained few and far in between with Rafick Namwera trying twice with shots, one going over while his second, a low effort from 20 yards out went straight to keeper Matasi’s arms.Harambee Stars striker Jesse Were against Malawi’s Mzava Limbikani. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYASubstitute Ouma came inches close to his first ever national team goal when he rose at the edge of the six yard box but his header from an Atudo cross went inches over.Kenya made more changes with Abdallah Hassan coming on for Johanna as Migne wanted to add more pace on the wings to float in the crosses for the lanky Mutamba to attempt and nod home.Abdallah on the right and Ouma on the left, Kenya increased the tempo of the game and finally, the new tact bore fruit.Harambee Stars coach Sebastien Migne talks to Jockins Atudo. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAFourteen minutes to time, Ouma was set up with a sweetly rolled through pass by Aboud Omar before the former Gor Mahia man swung in a brilliant low cross into the area that Kahata swept into the net after Abdallah’s first effort was blocked.With the goal, Migne made another change, Dennis Odhiambo coming off in midfield for David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng. Stars solidified their base in defense and guarded the lone goal advantage.Five minutes to time, Joash Onyango made a superb low tackle to deny Gabadinho who was going in one on one with Matasi inside the box. This is just a minute after on the other end, his header off an Abdallah corner went inches over.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more