31 October 2011

Azkals U23 leave today, target first SEAG medal

MANILA, Philippines - Seeking to sustain the gains of the senior Azkals and toughened up by a weeklong training in Japan, the Phl men’s under-23 team leaves for Jakarta today to vie for a first-ever medal in the Southeast Asian Games.

Azkal mainstay Jason de Jong and Fil-British Matthew Hartmann will lead the 20-man crew assembled by coach Michael Weiss for the campaign, which begins on Thursday against Vietnam.

Both playing midfield, Fil-Dutch de Jong, the most senior of the lot, and Hartmann, who scored a goal in the Azkals’ 4-0 win over Nepal in a friendly, are groomed to be captain of the side composed of Fil-foreign and homegrown bets.

With them are Hartmann’s brother Mark (MF), Fil-German Roland Muller (GK), Fil-Spanish Carlos de Murga (DF), Gerardo Valmayor (FW), Raymark Fernandez (DF), Fil-Belgian Jeffrey Christiaens (MF), Fil-Italian Marwin Angeles (MF), Jake Morallo (MF), Fil-Am OJ Porteria (MF);

Paolo Pascual (GK), Joshua Beloya (FW), OJ Clarino (FW), Neckson Leonora (DF), Fil-Germans Patrick Hinrichsen (MF) and Mark Drinkuth (MF), Fil-Belgian Jacques Van Bossche (DF), David Basa (DF) and Topher Camcam (GK).

Two “extra” players – Angeles’ twin brother Marvin (MF) and Jerry Barbaso (DF) – will also be flying in with Phl XI, according to team coordinator Jogie Ronda.

The roster was culled from a 30-man pool, the bulk of which underwent training in Gotemba and Tokyo, Japan the past week.



  1. Manuel Ott twitter, he is going to SEA Games!
    I thought they had a official 20 man squad already ? Now they bring Ott , Barbaso and Angeles

  2. What's the purpose of bringing "extra" players when they're not allowed to use them anyway? Useless!

  3. for obvious reason > Practice games/training

  4. yes, you said right he didn't training with team and maybe he tired from travel hehehe

  5. so who is going to be dropped in favor of Manny Ott?