The Philippine Men's National Under-23 Football Team played their last tune-up game in preparation for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games (SEAG). The U-23 Azkals drew a Japanese team 1-1 and will complete their a week-long training camp in Gotemba, Japan tomorrow.
The Philippine squad is scheduled to play against regional football powerhouse Vietnam on November 3 at the Utama Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Indonesia, a week ahead of the SEA Games opening ceremonies on November 11.
Coach Hans Michael Weiss brought a 30-man squad to Japan, but a final cut of 20 players will see action in the SEA Games.
The team is made up of local talents backed up by at least seven experienced international campaigners. Among the U-23 squad are brothers Matt Hartmann and Mark Hartmann, Jason de Jong, Jacques Van Bossche, Patrick Hinrichsen, OJ Porteria, Jeffrey Christiaens, David Basa, Mark Drinkuth, Romeo Martinez, OJ Clarino, Jingoy Valmayor, Neckson Leonora, Reymark Fernandez, Lemuel Unabia, Joshua Beloya, Jake Morallo, Marwin Angeles and goal keepers Paolo Pascual and Christopher Camcam.
Germany-based first choice goal keeper Roland Mueller and Fil-Spanish striker Carlie de Murga will follow the team in Indonesia. Fil-German Manny Ott will miss the tournament as he searches for a new club in Germany. De Jong, 21, among the most experienced member of the squad, is expected to lead the team.
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