By Bob Guerro
Edwin “Diding” Cabalida has been offered the job of coach for the Philippine U23 Football team that will represent the nation in the South East Asian Games later this year in Myanmar.
Azkals team manager Dan Palami says that Cabalida, a native of Dumaguete who was a UFL League champion coach with Philippine Air Force in 2011, is inclined to accept the offer. Brian Reid, currently the coach of Palami's Global team, will pitch in as an advisor.
The Philippines finished last in their group during the 2011 SEA Games, losing to Vietnam, Myanmar and Brunei and only winning versus Laos.
Josh Beloya, who scored against Laos two years ago, says he believes preparations for Myanmar will begin in July.
Palami also revealed that the team may have training camps in Parma, Italy, and in Bahrain in the lead-up to the competition.
In fact the Azkals manager is set to go to Italy to finalize the Parma camp which he says is “almost sure.”
According to Palami he is trying to get the U23 into some competitions like the UFL Cup or Super Cup. He also says the PFF may have a Cup of its own later in the year that could include the U23 team.
It was reported that the Yanzon brothers of Ceres FC and Dynamic Builders FC were initially tapped to manage the squad but that did not materialize.
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