PHILIPPINE Football Federation (PFF) President Mariano Araneta said the Philippine Azkals would play in three to four friendly matches in the United States in August as part of their preparation for the Suzuki Cup.
“The 15-day training camp and the friendly matches are good opportunities for our team because it will make them tougher,” Araneta told The Manila Times on Friday. “Suzuki Cup is the most competitive league in Southeast Asia so we need to prepare seriously.”
The Azkals are looking forward to possible friendly matches against the Chicago Fire and US Virgin Islands. Team manager Dan Palami is the one who arranged the 15-day training camp in the US.
Araneta also revealed that the Philippines’ hosting of the Long Teng Cup some time in September or October would depend on whether Macau and Taiwan would skip the hosting of the four-country football tournament.
“We are still waiting for the final confirmation from Macau and Taiwan but I’m sure we’re the one that will host it because they have decided to skip the hosting,” said Araneta, adding that the 2012 Long Teng Cup would most likely be held at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.