01 February 2014

Palami plans expansion of PH football national pool


MANILA, Philippines — With a new coach set to take over, the talent pool for the Philippine football team that will see action in the AFC Challenge Cup will also be expanded, giving more players a chance to crack the 25-man lineup.
Azkals manager Dan Palami said they plan to come up with a 40-player pool from where the lineup for the Challenge Cup in the Maldives in May will be selected.
“We’re giving more players a chance to prove their worth,” said Palami. “This is part of our goal to build a stronger local core.”
Palami has selected former US skipper Thomas Dooley as Azkals coach, succeeding German Michael Weiss.
Armed with plenty of experience playing at international level, the Azkals’ head coaching role is a first for Dooley, who is flying to Manila next week to finalize the deal with the Philippine Football Federation.
As news of Dooley’s impending appointment leaked Friday night, the PFF was quick to clarify that he has yet to agree to terms with the federation.
“I think his experience as a player and as a coach will help us,” said Palami of Dooley who skippered the US in the 1998 World Cup. “After talking to several candidates, who also had good credentials, we think that he is the best choice.”
Dooley’s immediate task is to whip a team into fighting form for the Challenge Cup that serves as qualifier for the AFC Asian Cup in Australia next year.

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  1. Based on the AFC Challenge Cup Regulations Preliminary Registration of players each country is allowed to come up with a 50-PLAYER POOL. Final Registration to specify a minimum of eighteen (18) players and up to a maximum of TWENTY THREE (23) players from the squad declared in the Preliminary Registration for the Competition. Start List to identify the starting ELEVEN (11) and up to TWELVE (12) substitute players for each Match during the Competition.

  2. Sa wakas nakita din nila kung ano ang dapat! mas maraming players mas maraming talents..