30 January 2012

Injured Chieffy Caligdong could miss Dubai stint, AFC tilt

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—A cloud of uncertainty hangs over Philippine Azkals co-skipper Chieffy Caligdong’s availability for the team’s training camp in Dubai next month and possibly, the AFC Challenge Cup in Nepal in March.

The initial prognosis on the fleet-footed winger’s injury he sustained last Saturday in a United Football League game against Army revealed a partial ACL tear.

Caligdong said he is still awaiting the final word on his injury from Dr. Randy Molo.

“I’m still in pain and my knee is still swollen,” Caligdong told the Inquirer on the phone Monday.

Playing for Air Force Phoenix last Saturday, the Barotac Nuevo-born striker bumped knees with Army defender Wilson dela Cruz late in the first half.

With Caligdong doubtful, the Azkals could be without two of their standouts in one of their most important tournaments yet.

Skipper Aly Borromeo has already ruled himself out for the March 9-13 tournament as he also recovers from an ACL injury.



  1. So I guess we'll be seeing Christiaens filling in (if he'll be available that is)..... not bad at all then!

  2. yes christiaens is a much better option than caligdong. caligdong is a winger that likes to float around where the strikers are supposed to be. its ok if you are arjen robben. but he is no arjen robben, good god! he leaves the left back exposed, and is toooooooo slow to come back to defense and help out. he also is the designated free kick taker and corner kick taker and good god again, he is a lousy kick taker. i watched the reply of his corner kick vs Icheon and you could see why his kicks have no pace and height.... he doesnt have good technique. his arms are in the wrong position, his upper body is leaning forward too much that it looks like hes going to stack it.

    a blessing in disguise.

  3. Christaens is injured for 4 weeks, he will not be in UAE or Brunei.

    1. Damn, really? That sucks! That means we won't have a proper left sided midfielder. Even more screwed than before. lol.

  4. let beloya take his place... real threat!

    1. Beloya isn't a winger!

      Although I would like Beloya to take Araneta's place! That would be great!

  5. theres news that Mulders has confirmed his participation in the training camp.

  6. I know he wants to be in AFC Challenge Cup , but I have not read news that he is going to UAE?


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