Mendiola FC gets boost with addition of international players

Mendiola FC 1991 are about to get a significant dose of help in the remainder of the 2019 PFL season as they secure the services of international talents.

Argentine midfielder Ricardo Sendra, and Cameroonian defender Souleyman Ndepe bolster the squad from the backline up.

29-year-old “Ricki” Sendra, who had tenure with Singaporean club Geylang international and has been training with the squad since the early part of the season, has his international transfer certificate (ITC) clearance confirmed last July 19, while Ndepe joined in as a mid-season transfer acquisition also on the same date.

Meanwhile, Ivorian goalkeeper Dini Ouattara is just waiting for clearance from his home federation, the FIF (Fédération Ivoirienne de Football) and FIFA’s green light as of last night, according to club source.

If Ouattara gets the clearance to play this afternoon, he could provide the necessary depth to the goalkeeping position which the club currently has a shortage in.

A few hours before this writing, all three were on the way to Mendiola FC’s match against Stallion Laguna this afternoon and is a possibility that Ouattara may be available to step on the pitch as well.

Currently standing in fifth place out of the seven-team PFL, Mendiola only has one win and one draw, with four losses as they try to pull off a massive turn of results their remaining match-days for a chance to significantly improve their maiden top-flight season’s record.

Mendiola FC 1991’s match against Stallion Laguna at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona kicks off later at 3:30 PM.

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Former Kaya striker Robert Mendy joins Ceres-Negros

After a stint with UiTM FC in Malaysia Premier League, Robert Lopez Mendy joins Philippines Football League defending champions Ceres-Negros FC.

The signing was completed on July 19, according to Ceres-Negros Head Coach Risto Vidakovic.

The 32-year-old Senegalese forward had been a lethal finisher for his former Filipino club Kaya FC Iloilo, but after a contrasting tenure in front of goal in Malaysia, he gets another opportunity to regain his old scoring ways for Ceres-Negros under Coach Risto.

His 43 goals in 43 appearances for Kaya speak volumes in the Philippine pro football setting as he helped the club win the inaugural Copa Paulino Alcantara and secure an AFC Cup qualification slot, something that his new team would be looking forward from him.

Before that glorious tenure with Kaya, Mendy was with Green Archers United where he made a name as an effective attacking player in what was then known as the United Football League.

As for Ceres-Negros, the club’s reinforcement does not end in their swoop for Mendy as they looked into their young talents this time, promoting two Ceres Youth players Charles Ivan Barberan of Bukidnon and Tristan Kit Robles of Iloilo City to the senior squad for the rest of the domestic campaign.

Ceres Negros will see action in the PFL 2019 season tomorrow, Sunday (July 21), against Green Archers United which will be held in The PFF National Training Center in Carmona. Match will be streamed live via pfltv.ph.

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Azkals veteran Angel Guirado signs for Chonburi FC

After a stint with Malaysian club Negeri Sembilan, Filipino forward Angel Guirado completed a move to Thai League 1 club Chonburi FC in the midseason transfer window.

34-year-old Guirado’s deal was confirmed late Friday, July 19, which will serve as a frontline reinforcement for the remainder of the domestic season in Thailand and where he will join compatriot Curt Dizon.

A journeyman with an extensive list of tenures with different clubs from different parts of the globe, his experience will serve to be one of his best contributions to the club which is aiming to improve on their current mid-table position.

Before his stint with Negeri Sembilan, he was with Filipino club Davao Aguilas which last competed in the 2018 season of the Philippines Football League.

Guirado also has been with the Philippine National Football Team’s senior squad, The Azkals, where he was able to score nine goals in 34 appearances.

Chonburi FC is schedule to play a match tonight, July 20, against Suphanburi FC. Kickoff is at 8:00PM (9:00PM Philippine Time).

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Thai club Chonburi confirms acquisition of Azkals forward Curt Dizon

Top Filipino football talents’ moves to Thai League 1 continue with Curt Dizon’s transfer to Chonburi FC from Ceres-Negros being the latest development.

The deal was completed and confirmed as of July 17 via official sources making Dizon the fifth player from the same Filipino club to make the jump to the Southeast Asian neighbor along with Kevin Ingreso, Alvaro Silva, and Martin Steuble.

With Chonburi, under manager Sasom Pobprasert, currently in mid-table at ninth place in the on-going League 1, the club will expect 25-year-old Dizon to provide the necessary impetus with the hopes of further improving their place in the table and avoid a possible relegation battle in what seems to be a tightly contested season.

Curt Dizon is a pacy forward-winger who operates on the left with Ceres and has the capability to either create chances for his teammates or score goals. His strengths lie mainly in his pace and dribbling ability – tools that could help him succeed in his new club.

Aside from a successful tenure with Ceres-Negros, where he helped the club win the 2018 domestic league, Curt also played for Philippine-based clubs Global FC and FC Meralco Manila.

Dizon also has been a regular mainstay in the Azkals squad amassing 16 competitive appearances for his country including the AFF Suzuki Cup and the historic 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaigns.

Dizon and Chonburi are scheduled to face up against Suphanburi which has fellow Azkals Alvaro Silva and Patrick Deyto on Saturday, July 20, at 9:00PM local time (10:00PM Philippine Standard Time).

Photo credit: Chonburi FC Facebook page

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Filipino international Josh Grommen officially unveiled by Thai club Sukhothai FC

After a brief sojourn with Malaysia Super League club PJ City FC, defender Josh Grommen completes a move to Thai League 1 outfit Sukhothai FC as confirmed by both the player and the club last Tuesday, July 17, 2019.

Grommen’s addition makes him the second Filipino player in the squad as he joins Azkals winger Iain Ramsay who joined in the previous transfer window.

High level details regarding his length of stay with the club is for the remainder of the current 2019 season with an option for an extension for another year.

Prior to his tenure in Malaysia, Grommen also played for Ceres-Negros from 2017-18 in which he was part of the champion squad that won the inaugural PFL season followed by a season-long stay with Davao Aguilas in 2019.

In his formative years as a footballer, he also played for the youth teams of Loyola, Brisbane Roar and Stallion Laguna. He also was part of the Western Pride squad for 2016-17.

From an international football perspective, the 22-year-old defender whose main role is the centerback position had earned caps for the Philippine U-22 and U-23 squads.

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If given a chance to step onto the pitch, Grommen will be tasked to help his team finish strong and climb up the standings away from the dangers of relegation (Sukhothai currently stands in 13th place out of the 16-club league which is just one spot above the drop-zone).

Sukhothai FC will next face Samut Prakhan City FC at home on Sunday June 21 at 8:00PM local time (9:00PM Philippine Standard Time).

Photo credit: Sukhothai FC Facebook page

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Azkals goalkeeper Patrick Deyto officially joins Thai League 1 club Suphanburi FC

After posting via social media that his brief tenure with Stallion Laguna FC has come to end, Philippine international goalkeeper Patrick Deyto has joined Suphanburi FC as one of the club’s latest acquisitions for the second half of the season.

Initial details on the transfer have been provided by Stallion’s head coach Ernest Nierras last July 8, 2019. Further details point that the move is on a free transfer with a duration of stay until the remainder of the 2019 season, at the very least, with the possibility to extend for the 2020 campaign.

29-year-old Deyto joins compatriot Alvaro Silva who completed a move to the same club days before, while becoming the second active homegrown Filipino talent in Thai League 1 along with Chainat Hornbill defender Marco Casambre.

A product of De La Salle University’s football program under Coach Hans Smit, Patrick began his post-varsity football career with Pachanga Diliman before having stints with Filipino clubs such as Green Archers United, Global Cebu, Davao Aguilas, and Stallion Laguna.

His exploits between the posts made him one of the top keepers in the Philippines in which he earned caps for the senior national squad for several high profile competitions with the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup as his last participation before undergoing a corrective surgery for an injured finger.

Deyto also has an experience playing in the AFC Cup and AFC Champions League qualification campaigns in multiple seasons, being the first choice custodian for his then former club, Global.

Considered a high probability to be the starting keeper under Head Coach Adebayo, Patrick Deyto will have quite a task to fulfill as he helps his new club, which is currently in the midst of a relegation battle, remain in Thailand’s topflight.

Suphanburi will next face Sukhothai, which has Filipino winger Iain Ramsay in its ranks, on Sunday July 14, 2019.

Photo credit: Patrick Deyto Instagram page

Philippines’ Martin Steuble completes transfer from Ceres to Thai club Port FC

After initial reports that Philippine international Martin Steuble has left Ceres-Negros FC, the defender has formally joined Thai League 1 club Port FC last July 4, 2019 ahead of its Saturday match against Ratchaburi Mitr Phol.

Steuble ended his competitive appearance for the defending Philippine domestic league champions as the team captain in the AFC Cup ASEAN Zone semifinals loss against Hanoi FC.

His addition to the Central Bangkok-based club for the second half of the 2019 season (with an option to extend until 2020 according to reports) serves as a reinforcement as the Port Lions aim to finish strong in the campaign with the possibility of still winning the league.

Port FC are currently, as of this writing, in fifth out of the 16-team Thai League 1 after 16 matches, trailing leaders Buriram United by only four points proving that the race to the top is still hotly contested.

Martin Steuble operates mainly at the left flank (sometimes at the right) as a defender, but he can also take the midfielder role. And even if his main duties lie on the defensive end, he can also contribute on the offense as a conduit and supplier from the wings, and he can also score from range. His one goal (against Stallion Laguna) and an assist (versus Global FC) in the still early 2019 PFL season are a testament to his ability to contribute and be an option in attack.

Hailing from Switzerland, Steuble started his career within the Swiss footballing system where he played in several clubs such as Neuchatel Xamax, Grasshopper Zurich, Lausanne-Sport, FC Wohlen, and FC Wil. He also had a brief stint in the United States’ Major League Soccer with Sporting Kansas City before a significant spell with Ceres-Negros in the Philippines.

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Martin Stueble also suited up for the Philippine Azkals, amassing 39 caps with three goals. The 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign under legendary head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, which reached the semifinals stage, was his latest participation with the national team to date.

Port FC face Ratchaburi Mitr Phol in an away match on Saturday July 6, 2019.

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Azkals defender Alvaro Silva unveiled by Thai club Suphanburi

After formally confirming his departure from Ceres-Negros FC last week, Filipino international Alvaro Silva joins Thai League 1 club Suphanburi FC as posted by the club through its official social media channel.

Silva fills in an ASEAN quota for the club, with two more slots available. It is to note that fellow Filipino footballer, forward Mark Hartmann, has transferred out of the club to join Nakhon Ratchasima last week.

35-year-old Silva comes into the club as a vastly experienced veteran with stints in Spain, particularly in Spanish clubs Malaga, Cadiz, and Xerez before having extensive tenures overseas, especially in Asia, where Philippine league champions Ceres-Negros has been his last stop before moving to Thai League for the first time in his career.

The Filipino colossus will have a tough task of helping his new club for the second half of the 2019 season as the War Elephants fight out of the League 1’s relegation zone which, currently, is precariously placed at 15th place out of the 16-team league.

On the international front, Silva has played as a starting defender for the Philippine Azkals in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Silva can suit up competitively in the Thai League 1 as soon as Sunday, July 7, in an away fixture against top team Buriram United.

Photo credit: Suphanburi FC

Azkals striker Javier Patiño joins Ratchaburi on loan

Filipino forward Javier Patiño has been loaned out by Buriram United to Thai League 1 competitors Ratchaburi Mitr Phol for the second half of the season.

The move has been confirmed as of July 1 in the middle of Thailand’s mid-season transfer window.

Patiño joins fellow Philippine internationals Amin Nazari and Manny Ott as the club aims to come up with a massive push to improve their current standing of tenth out of the 16-team league.

It is to note that the forward has been re-acquired by Buriram United last April of 2018 after being released by Chinese Super League Henan Jianye and recovering from a lengthy injury.

He has yet to regain his scoring form in his second spell with the Thunder Castle, mostly coming on as a substitute, scoring only one goal in the campaign.

The move to Ratchaburi with The Dragons could serve as an opportunity for Patiño to get more regular playing time.

Ratchaburi’s next fixture is tomorrow, July 3, in an away match against Nongbua Pitchaya for the Thai League Cup, but Javier could feature more likely on Saturday, July 6, in a League 1 home match against Port FC.

Photo credit: Buriram United FC

Azkals defender Alvaro Silva bids farewell to Ceres-Negros

After Ceres-Negros ended their AFC Cup campaign with a loss against Hanoi FC in the ASEAN Zone semifinals, defender Alvaro Silva posted via his social media account that his tenure with the Bacolod-based club has come to an end.

Alvaro Silva joined Ceres-Negros from Malaysian club Kedah FA late January of 2019 where he was able to amass 8 appearances for the duration of the AFC Cup campaign and has started once in the Philippine Football League during their first match of the season against Stallion Laguna.

Before Alvaro Silva joined Ceres, he also played for the Azkals in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup where the squad reached the semifinals eventually being eliminated by Vietnam who would go on to be as champions.

Silva also was in the Philippine squad during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in Dubai, the nation’s maiden campaign in the tournament.

Playing mainly as a centerback, the 35-year-old Filipino international hailed from and started his career in Spain. His career highlights were stints with then LaLiga side Malaga (2006-09), a loan spell with Xerez, and also a significant tenure with Spanish club Cadiz (2009-11).

As of this writing, Silva’s next destination has yet to be officially declared.

Photo credit: Ceres-Negros FC