Quincy Kammeraad eager to earn SEA Games spot with Azkals U-23 callup

Not getting a callup for the AFF U-22 Championship earlier this year turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Filipino international goalkeeper Quincy Kammeraad as he shares his pride and excitement after receiving an invite for the Under-23 national team training camp this August in preparation for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Formerly with Global FC at one point in his career as one of the club’s most promising goalkeeping prospects, 18-year-old Quincy is currently playing in Amsterdam’s AVV Zeeburgia’s U19 squad in the Netherlands, and is looking forward to join the initial pool in preparation for the SEA Games, which will be hosted in Manila later this year.

“It’s the biggest tournament for the U-23,” admitted the young sentry in an online interview last Monday night, July 22.

“The whole country, the Philippines, is (going to) watch it. So we have to give the Filipino community some results.”

From the time that the invite has been received direct from none other than Azkals Team Manager Mr. Dan Palami last week, young Kammeraad has felt a sense of pride for another opportunity to represent the Philippines’ colors in an important competition.

“You have to be proud to receive a callup from your country. It’s a different feeling from playing for your club or league games.”

“Playing for the country is different. Every game is different. The feeling is amazing! You hear the anthem play before the game.”

Training of the national squad is set to begin on August 13 which will run until August 29. However, due to some academic commitments back in the Netherlands, Quincy will be leaving three days earlier.

Ready for the challenges

Despite being given the chance to suit up for the Philippines, the Amsterdam-based keeper fully knows that it is just the first step, that bigger hurdles lie ahead, and that he needs to pour out the best of his abilities to secure a place in the final squad that will compete in the SEA Games proper.

“I think at the age of 18, it’s really tough because I’m still a youngster. Same as two years ago in the U-19, when I was 16. I have to earn the respect (of my teammates) because I’m one to two years younger than the rest of the guys, even three! So I have to work four or five times harder (as compared to) the other guys.”

Quincy also shared that the fact that he is currently building his footballing career and receiving his training in Europe makes the weight of expectations and responsibility from the team, especially as a goalkeeper, even greater.

“That’s how it is (when it comes to expectations). I know what they ask from me and I will do anything for the country.”

Currently in the midst of the preseason preparation for his Amsterdam-based club, his current training regimen could benefit him come the U-23 training sessions next month here in Manila.

Now standing at 1.85 meters (around 6’1″) Quincy Kammeraad is no stranger to the Philippine National Football Team setup with the 2018 AFF U-18 campaign being his most recent tournament where he was part of the squad. His eligibility to represent the Philippines lies with his mother, Cathy, who hails from Cebu.

The football tournament of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which will be held within and the outskirts of Metro Manila, is believed to kick-off sometime in December which will be competed by U-23 teams of participating Southeast Asian nations.

Photo credit: Quincy Kammeraad|Facebook


Out of the ashes of Global, United Makati rises

In a press conference held last February 12, 2019, a club ceased to exist as Global [Cebu] FC as a new name comes into fruition in the identity of United Makati FC.

Despite the complete rebrand, with the relocation and the change of name, the club opted to keep intact its history acknowledging the Global FC past.

In a Facebook post, a new crest has been unveiled as well with the three championships achieved by its then almighty predecessor still present.

Along with the rebrand came the pressing issue on the unpaid wages of its players which, in a report by Beatrice Go of Rappler, is set to be addressed in the next months as per owner and CEO, Mark Jarvis.

Also tackled in this development, which may definitely have given a hand to addressing the payroll concerns, is the new partnership with international sports marketing agency MMZ Sportz Asia which is currently headed by CEO Eric Gottschalk.

It may still be very early at this moment, but with these developments, the embattled club definitely has shown some life with a significant degree of optimism and hope in the immediate future.

Global Cebu, before its recent challenges, has been a major force in Philippine club football in the past, winning three league titles, and being a regular participant in the AFC Cup since Filipino clubs became eligible to compete in AFC-sanctioned continental club competitions.

Photo credit: United Makati FC


Global FC relocates to Makati, familiar venue being eyed as home

In a social media post, Global FC are in the process of finalizing their relocation to a new home base which started with a change in their club crest design, dropping Cebu and replacing it with Makati.

To add a bit more info on this development, club chairman Mark Jarvis has shared via an online interview that they are eyeing a very familiar site as the club’s new venue.

“We are [currently] pushing for UMak [University of Makati Stadium] as [the new] home stadium and training facility.

“We are seeking support from the Makati City Hall to make this happen,” said Mr. Jarvis.

University of Makati has been an all too familiar venue when it comes to domestic football, particularly in Metro Manila as it hosted matches from way back the UFL days and was also the home of Kaya FC during the inaugural season of the now-defunct Philippines Football League [PFL] last 2017.

On the issueĀ regardingĀ unpaid wages

The club boss also responded on the matter regarding the current status of the still outstanding issues regarding the overly delayed wages of players and staff.

“Finances are progressing and player payments may happen as soon as this week, but [may take] over a few months [to be completed].”

The reason for such statements by the club executive is a new business partnership has jut been forged with the club, the identity of which is yet to be announced. But the deal (again, according to the club chairman), has been signed already as of last Friday.

Photo credit:Ā GlobalĀ FCĀ FacebookĀ page

Transfer News: Jordan Jarvis joins Hong Kong’s Eastern from Global

Vince Soliven contributed to the story pertaining on the transfer details.

News broke via Football in HK’s Twitter account in the morning of January 31, 2019 that former Ateneo de Manila defender and capped Philippine international, Jordan Jarvis, has completed a transfer to Eastern Sports Club from Global Cebu FC.

The development has been confirmed by Jordan’s father and Global CEO, Mark Jarvis, in an on-line interview and has divulged that the move has actually been completed two days ago as of this writing.

What’s beneficial to Eastern with Jordan’s joining their ranks is he registered as a local player before Hong Kong FA’s update to the rule, thus the move is not affecting the club’s foreign player quota.

Where does Global Cebu FC go from here?

Despite the movement of Jordan, Mark Jarvis assured that he remains as the owner and CEO of Global and is aware of the current situation and on-going financial challenges of the organization.

“[Global is] sorting the matter and we expect players to be paid [hopefully] this coming week,” according to the chairman of the financially beleaguered club.

“We shall be announcing a new partner soon,” added Mr. Jarvis in line with the possible cashflow that the club will have.

It is to note that one former player of Global has divulged his grievances in an online post [though the contents were not public and limited only to the footballing community] regarding the issue of overly delayed wages, which until now, are not yet settled.

But the Global executive has informed that there are plans to get the club out of trouble, the details of which are still confidential.

Photo credit: Mark Jarvis


OFFICIAL: Marco Casambre unveiled by Thai club Chainat Hornbill

After initially suiting up for the Thai League 1 club Chainat Hornbill in a friendly, former Davao Aguilas defender Marco Casambre was formally unveiled by his new club as its 2nd ASEAN player signing for the 2019 season on January 22.

It was initially reported that Casambre played in a friendly preseason scrimmage last January 12. Ten days later, his inclusion in the squad is now a done deal.

The acquisition has a potential to be a major coup for the Chai Nat Province-based club as Casambre is a 20-year-old footballing savant with his first senior cap for the Azkals earned just before turning 18-years-old when he impressed then national team head coach Thomas Dooley in the latter part of 2016.

This move also is a milestone of sorts as it makes Marco Casambre the first homegrown Filipino footballing talent to join a Thai League 1 outfit.

Before playing for Davao Aguilas which, unfortunately, have withdrawn its senior team from competing in professional football, Casambre has been a regular starter for Global Cebu where he was able to amass a significant amount of experience in the pro ranks, especially when the club competed in the 2017 AFC Cup and the Singapore Cup.

The 2019 season of Thai League 1 begins on February 22, 2019 and Chainat Hornbill will most definitely aim to improve by leaps and bounds from their previous season’s performance when they barely avoided relegation due to a better head-to-head record against Bangkok Glass [now known as BG Pathum United] as both ended their respective campaigns with an identical 42-points haul in the table.

Photo credit: Chainat Hornbill Facebook Page