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10-man PSM Makassar hold Kaya FC-Iloilo to dramatic 1-1 draw in AFC Cup 2020

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PSM Makassar, playing with 10 men for the majority of the game, managed to hold Kaya FC-Iloilo to a 1-1 draw in their third outing of AFC Cup 2020 at the Gelora Bung Karno Madya Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday.

2019 Piala Indonesia winners PSM got off to a disastrous start when centre-back Dedi Gusmawan saw consecutive yellow cards in the space of two minutes to leave the Indonesian outfit with 10 men on the field by the 10th minute.

However, Bojan Hodak’s side maintained their attacking initiative on the field despite their numerical disadvantage and went close in the 20th minute when Ferdinand Sinaga’s effort was blocked in front of the goal by Kaya defence before Yakob Sayuri fired over from the rebound.

However, there was no denying PSM two minutes later when Sayuri played Osas Saha through the middle of the pitch and the Nigerian-born forward made no mistake finishing past Filipino goalkeeper Louie Casas to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

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Kaya head coach Oliver Colina had to replace Marwin Angeles with Arnel Amita before the half-time break and it was the 25-year-old substitute who was behind the PFL club’s equaliser soon after the restart.

Amita played in a delightful cross from the right which was met with a looping header from Eric Giganto putting Kaya right back in the game with 40 minutes left to play in the Group H encounter.

Giganto slashed wide from close range in the 62nd minute passing up a good opportunity to give his side the lead, while Sayuri went close at the other end for the Liga 1 giants despite Hodak losing another of his players, Ahmad Agung, to injury.

It was a nervy few last minutes for both the sides as Kaya skipper Jovin Bedic went close with a header with five minutes left on the clock before Osas failed to pick the spot from point blank range in the 89th minute at the other end.

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Jayson Panhay hit the crossbar for Kaya with a cross in the dying minutes, but the two sides settled for a point apiece.

Kaya, with one win and two draws, now have five points from three matches while PSM have four points from three matches.

PSM MAKASSAR: Hilman Syah, Wasyiat Hasbulla, Hussein El Dor, Dedy Gusmawan, Leo Guntara (Asnawi Bahar 48′), Yakob Sayuri, Muhammad Rizky Pratama, Ahmad Agung (Serif Hasi 67′), Muhammad Arfan, Ferdinand Sinaga (Hasyim Kipuw 84′), Osas Marvelous Saha Ikpefua

KAYA FC-ILOILO: Louie Casas, Marco Casembre, Carlyle Mitchell, Shirmar Felongco ( Jayson Panhay 45′), Simone Rota, Masanari Omura, Jovin Bedic, Marwin Angeles (Arnel Amita 44′), Eric Giganto (Connor Tacagni 70′), Daizo Horikoshi, Takumi Uesato

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UAE’s Ajman Club Signs Cameroonian Striker In Their U-19 Team

Ajman Football Club base in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates, UAE, have boosted their striking options with the signing of Cameroon striker, Lavissa Kiven in their U-19 team.

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Before joining Ajman U-19 Football Club, Lavissa Kiven was at F. Frank Football Academy based in Yaounde.
Speaking to the press, the young striker said, his ambition is work hard to be among the best strikers in the world. According to him, “the only way to succeed is to remain discipline and work hard towards achieving the best.”
According to information obtained from the club, the 19-year-old Lavissa had progressed to play up to four matches with the U-21 side in the same club. Before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic that led to the suspension of the football season, the young striker was already training with the senior team.

In 14 games so far played in UAE, the attacker who also plays as left and right-winger has scored eight goals already.

Lavissa Kiven joins Cameroon International, Sébastien Clovis Siani who signed for the senior team recently. Sebastien Siani was formerly at Al-Jazira FC, a local rival club in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Only four African Africans are in the senior team.

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Cambodia suspend all football tournaments across country to combat COVID-19

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Cambodia has become the latest country in Southeast Asia to suspend all footballing activities including the 2020 Cambodian League season due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Several countries from ASEAN including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines have suspended their domestic leagues in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus while countries like Singapore and Myanmar had decided to play behind closed doors.

Cambodia were the only country to have their domestic league running in full steam in the midst of the global pandemic, but they have now decided to suspend all tournaments until further notice.

“The Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) inform the public that in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the FFC have decided to postpone the 14th Hun Sen Cup, Metfone Cambodian League 2020 and the U-16 National Championship, U-18 National Championship and the delay of the 2020 General Assembly of the Football Federation of Cambodia until further notice,” the FFC said.

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The 2020 season of the Cambodian League has already completed five rounds of matches with Phnom Penh Crown FC leading the table with 13 points. Defending champions Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC also have the same number of points, but are second on goal difference.

The Hun Sen Cup, meanwhile, is the country’s domestic cup competition that is split into two stages. The provincial stage featuring clubs from the lower division was held in February, but the national stage during which the top division clubs were to join the competition now stands suspended.

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Former Myanmar national team captain Yan Aung Kyaw to retire at the end of 2020 season

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Yangon United and Myanmar veteran midfielder Yan Aung Kyaw has announced that he will retire from professional football the end of the 2020 season. 

A former captain of the Myanmar national team, Aung Kyaw made his debut for the Asian Lions in 2011 and has won over 60 international caps for the Southeast Asian nation during his career.

He also won a bronze medal for Myanmar at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games while also winning five domestic league titles and three General Aung San Shields with Yangon, the club he has represented since its formation in 2009 along with the Myanmar National League (MNL).

“I previously spoke about my future and mentioned that I will not play for another MNL club against my team Yangon United and another reason is my age. Although I could play one or two more years, I don’t want to play for another club after my contract with Yangon ends in December,” he told Myanmar Times.

Aung Kyaw also hinted that he will move into coaching after retirement and that Yangon United has offered him the opportunity to work at the club.

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“I want to thank to my team president and all the team’s staff including my teammates. They supported me very well and the team has been very good to me. Of course the fans have also always been supportive,” Aung Kyaw added.

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