Local football fanatics will get a chance to see Azkals stars Phil and James Younghusband and the rest of the Loyola Meralco Sparks in top regional club football action.
AKTV on IBC will air the Sparks’ opening match in the 2012 RHB Singapore Cup live on Friday, 7:45 p.m.
Loyola will take on Singaporean side Geylang United FC, which competes in the country’s top-flight S.League.
This year’s edition of the Singapore Cup features a 16-team, single-elimination bracket tournament. Loyola is the only squad from the United Football League participating in the competition. Apart from Singapore and the Philippines, the tournament also features foreign clubs from Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar, as well as Brunei and Japanese sides that compete in the S.League.
The Sparks are currently third in the UFL table, three points behind league-leading Global FC with a game in hand. The Younghusband brothers are currently the top goal scorers of the league, with Phil scoring 18 goals and James 11. Another Loyola stalwart, Mark Hartmann, is tied for third to fifth places in UFL scoring with nine goals, underscoring Loyola’s firepower.
Loyola also features current and former national players Roxy Dorlas, Jake Morallo, and Anto Gonzales.