ASEAN stars set to team up for Haiyan charity match

Some of Southeast Asian football’s biggest names have been included in the ASEAN All-Star team that will take on Indonesia in a charity match on May 11.

The match, which will raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, will take place at the 100,000-capacity Gelora Bung Karno, the home of the Merah Putih.

The team, which will be coached by ex-Malaysia boss K. Rajagobal, was announced on Wednesday and the biggest name present is that of Thailand striker Teerasil Dangda, who will leave Muangthong United for La Liga outfit Almeria in June.

The 25-year-old will be joined by fellow countrymen Datsakorn Thonglao and Niweat Siriwong, two of the War Elephants’ most-experienced campaigners who have won over 200 caps between them.

Reigning AFF Suzuki Cup champions will be represented by the trio of Warriors FC goalkeeper Hassan Sunny, Johor Darul Ta’zim midfielder Hariss Harun and Johor Darul Ta’zim II forward Shahril Ishak.

Three of Malaysia’s biggest names – Safiq Rahim, Aidil Zafuan and Mahalli Jasuli – will all be involved as well, which has meant Darul Ta’zim’s Malaysia Super League clash with LIONSXII has been postponed to May 20.

Philippines’ two representatives will be Aly Borromeo and Ian Araneta, who have both been stars for the Azkals long before their recent rise as a force in the region.

Legendary striker Le Cong Vinh leads the way for the Vietnamese contingent and will be joined by Ha Noi T&T starlet Nguyen Van Quyet and experienced defender Truong Dinh Luat, while Myanmar’s contribution will be Thein Than Win and Naing Lin Oo of Kanbawza and Ayeyawady Unite respectively.

Laos and Cambodia both have two representatives each as well; Soukthavy Soundala and Visay Phaphouvanin for the former and Hong Pheng and Chhin Chhoeun for the latter.

Finally, 22-year-old Azri Zahari will fly the flag for Brunei, while Timor Leste’s sole member in the side is defender Adelino Trindade.

Goalkeepers: Hassan Sunny (Warriors FC, Singapore), Soukthavy Soundala (Ezra, Laos)

Defenders: Azri Zahari (Majra United, Brunei), Hong Pheng (Phnom Penh Crown, Cambodia), Aidil Zafuan (Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia), Mahalli Jasuli (Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia), Thein Than Win (Kanbawza, Myanmar), Aly Borromeo (Kaya, Philippines), Niweat Siriwong (Chonburi, Thailand), Adelino Trindade (Dili United, Timor Leste), Truong Dinh Luat (Becamex Binh Duong, Vietnam)

Midfielders: Chhin Chhoeun (National Defense Ministry, Cambodia), Safiq Rahim (Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia), Naing Lin Oo (Ayeyawady United, Myanmar), Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Ta’zim, Singapore), Datsakorn Thonglao (Muangthong United, Thailand), Nguyen Van Quyet (Ha Noi T&T, Vietnam)

Forwards: Visay Phaphouvanin (Lao Police Club, Laos), Ian Araneta (Philippine Air Force, Philippines), Shahril Ishak (Johor Darul Ta’zim II, Singapore), Teerasil Dangda (Muangthong United, Thailand), Le Cong Vinh (Song Lam Nghe An, Vietnam)

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DPMM maintain S.League lead; first win in seven for Balestier

DPMM FC tentatively stretched their lead at the top of the S.League to five points on Thursday after claiming a 2-0 win over Woodlands Wellington at the Woodlands Stadium.

The Bruneian outfit were handed the perfect start in the 13th minute when opposition centre-back Walid Lounis conceded a penalty and was shown a straight red in the process; Rodrigo Tosi making no mistake from 12 yards to break the deadlock.

And just before halftime, Azwan Ali doubled DPMM’s lead with his third goal in his last four games, which ultimately was enough to wrap up the three points.

Over at the Toa Payoh Stadium, Balestier Khalsa finally got back to winning ways by beating Harimau Muda 2-0 – their first triumph in seven matches.

The Tigers broke the deadlock in the 20th minute when Goran Ljubojevic’s flick-on made its way to Zulkiffli Hassim, who made no mistake in stabbing home at the back post.

Four minutes before the break, the contest was effectively over after Harimau keeper Ilham Amirullah missed his attempt to claim a high ball, allowing Ljubojevic to bring the ball down and slot into the unguarded net.

Wednesday’s S.League Results

Balestier Khalsa 2-0 Harimau Muda

Woodlands Wellington 0-2 DPMM FC

Barito cruise past Persik; vital win for Persiba Balikpapan

Barito Putera climbed one spot up to sixth in the Western zone of the Indonesia Super League on Wednesday after claiming a 3-0 win over Persik Kediri.

James Koko Lomell fired Barito ahead at the Demang Lehman Stadium in the 21st minute with his sixth goal of the campaign, before Syahroni doubled their tally just two minutes later.

The contest was then effectively ended five minutes after the half-hour mark when Syahroni grabbed his second of the game, and Persik’s miserable evening was compounded in injury-time when they had Harianto sent off.

Over in the Eastern zone, Persiba Balikpapan picked up only their second win of the campaign after beating Persepam Madura United 2-1 at the Persiba Stadium.

The hosts broke the deadlock in the 16th minute thanks to an opener from Ansu Toure, who then struck again eight minutes before halftime to stretch his side’s lead.

Despite showing plenty of endeavour, Madura were just unable to force their way back into the contest until the 88th minute, although Aditya Putra Dewa’s strike proved little more than a consolation.

Wednesday’s Indonesia Super League Results

Western

Barito Putera 3-0 Persik Kediri

Eastern

Persiba Balikpapan 2-1 Persepam Madura United

Arema down Semen Padang to go top; Persija edge Gresik

Arema Cronus moved top of the Western zone of the Indonesia Super League on Tuesday after claiming a 1-0 win over title rivals Semen Padang.

Following a goalless first half at the Haji Agus Salim Stadium, both sides were reduced to ten men in the 54th minute when Irsyad Maulana and Hendra Bayauw were both handed their marching orders.

But three minutes later, it was Arema who broke the deadlock when Thierry Gathuessi headed home a freekick from Ahmad Bustomi, which ultimately proved enough for the three points.

The win was enough to take Arema top of the table with a two-point lead over Persib Bandung, with a game in hand.

Meanwhile, Persija Jakarta climbed two spots up to third following a 1-0 triumph over Gresik United at the Gelora Bung Karno.

The hosts edged ahead six minutes after the hour mark when Victor Pae found the back of the net, before any hopes of a Gresik comeback were effectively ended when they had Shohei Matsunaga sent off for a second bookable offence in the 71st minute.

Tuesday’s Indonesia Super League Results

Western

Semen Padang 0-1 Arema Cronus

Persija Jakarta 1-0 Gresik United

Global come from behind to claim vital win over Loyola

Global overcame a one-goal deficit to record a potentially-decisive 2-1 win over United Football League title rivals Loyola Meralco Sparks at the Emperador Stadium.

It was the Sparks who had taken the lead three minutes after the half-hour mark when James Younghusband converted with a simple finish, after he had been picked out inside the box by a neat pass from Joaquin Canas.

Global were then handed a golden opportunity to pull level in the 65th minute when they awarded a penalty, but Loyola keeper Baba Sampana produced a fine save to keep out Mark Hartmann’s effort.

But immediately after, Leigh Manson’s charges duly pulled level through a strike from substitute Misagh Bahadoran, before going on to claim maximum points three minutes later when Izzeldin Elhabbib struck the winner.

The win allowed Global to move five points ahead of second-placed Loyola, who are also in danger of being caught by Kaya who are a further three points behind with two games in hand.

In Tuesday’s earlier game, Green Archers United piled more misery on bottom side Pasargad by inflicting a 2-1 loss on them.

The Archers edged ahead after nine minutes when Robert Waly Lopez Mendy broke the deadlock, but Pasargad responded through a Sabari Akbari strike three minutes after the half-hour mark

But five minutes later, Lopez Mendy netted once more – his tenth goal of the campaign – to hand Green Archers the victory.

Tuesday’s United Football League Results

Pasargad 1-2 Green Archers United

Loyola Meralco Sparks 1-2 Global

Rafi takes charge of Tampines after Salim resignation

Former Singapore international Rafi Ali has been appointed coach of Tampines Rovers following the resignation of Salim Moin.

Salim, who only arrived at the Clementi Stadium at the end of last season, decided to call time on his reign on Sunday after a run of disappointing results.

Although Tampines have been crowned S.League champions in the last three seasons, they currently find themselves third in the 12-team competition and three points behind leaders DPMM FC.

They actually spent much of the season so far on top of the table but have slumped recently after picking up only four points from their last four league outings, which included shock losses to Hougang United and Woodlands Wellington respectively.

To make matters worse, the Stags were also eliminated from the AFC Cup despite being in full control of their destiny; losing 1-0 to Nay Pyi Taw in their final group game when a draw would have been enough to send them through to the Round of 16.

And following last Friday’s 1-1 draw with Tanjong Pagar United, Salim opted to step down two days later and pave the way for a new coach.

This is not an unfamiliar scenario for the club given both Steven Tan and Nenad Bacina were replaced midway through the season in the last two years; Tay Peng Kee going on to lead them to consecutive league titles.

But this time, they have turned to Rafi, who has spent the last few years with the club as an assistant coach, and he has claimed he will not be afraid to wield the axe in order to bring Tampines forward.

“I took charge for the first time on Monday evening and asked the players for their support,” he said, according to TODAY.

“We know each other well in my long years with the club as a player and an assistant coach.

“We respect each other but I told them some decisions I make will not be popular. But we have a mission to accomplish at Tampines Rovers and all of us are in it together.”

The 41-year-old Rafi spent the initial stages of his playing career with Geylang International and Warriors FC before finishing up with six seasons at Tampines, and was part of the Singapore side that won the 1998 Tiger Cup.

Eastern leaders Persela slip up; first win for Persiba in ISL

Persela Lamongan were unable to push ahead at the top of the Indonesia Super League Eastern zone on Monday after falling to shock 3-0 loss to Putra Samarinda.

After both sides failed to find the breakthrough in the opening 45 at the Segiri Stadium, it took Samarinda just a minute into the second half to take the lead courtesy of an own-goal from Suroso.

A minute after the hour mark, they doubled their advantage after Lerby Eliandry found the back of the net, before the three points were wrapped up when Bayu Gatra added a third six minutes from time.

The defeat means Persela can now be caught by second-placed Mitra Kukar, who are two points behind but have a game in hand.

Over at the Sultan Agung Stadium, bottom side Persiba Bantul held off a late fightback to claim a 3-2 win over ten-man Perseru Serui.

It took the hosts just three minutes to open the scoring through an Emile Mbamba strike, before they were given a real boost when Perseru had Cornelius Geddy sent off in the 37th minute for a second bookable offence.

Three minutes later, Persiba made their numerical advantage count as Mbamba grabbed his second of the evening, and the result looked a foregone conclusion when Wuson Budi Ugik Sugiyanto made it 3-0 in the 69th minute.

But two minutes later, the visitors pulled one back through a goal from Togo international Ali Khaddafi, before I Made Wirawan further reduced the deficit in the fifth minute of injury-time.

However, it was a case of too little too late as Perseru were just unable to find an equaliser, allowing their opponents to claim their first victory of 2014 in the process.

Monday’s Indonesia Super League Results

Eastern

Putra Samarinda 3-0 Persela Lamongan

Persiba Bantul 3-2 Perseru Serui