THE PHILIPPINE Azkals will defend the Philippine Peace Cup title against a familiar foe in Chinese-Taipei and a tough Pakistan squad in the tournament slated Oct. 11 to 15 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
With African sides Rwanda and Uganda begging off due to various reasons, the Philippine Football Federation was left with no choice but to reduce the field to just three from a planned four-team event that will serve as one of the highlights of the city’s Masskara Festival celebration.
The Azkals bested the Taiwanese side for the title last year, while some of the members of the national side saw action for Global FC in the AFC President’s Cup, where they faced a KRL squad powered by Pakistani national team players.
With the matches coinciding with Fifa international friendly dates, Azkals manager Dan Palami plans to call up some of the Europe-based players for the tournament, including Stephan Schrock, who started the season brightly with his new club Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga.
“We see this as a chance for the team to be together again,” said Palami, speaking from Singapore, where his club, Global FC, is currently competing in the Singapore Cup semifinals.