27 April 2014

Thomas Dooley to trim training pool

CEBU CITY—With his first major tournament in charge four weeks away, Philippines coach Thomas Dooley believes the Azkals’ buildup for the AFC Challenge Cup is right on track even as he prepares to trim down the pool of players that he will bring for training camp in Bahrain on May 6.

Only 23 players will make the squad to the Challenge Cup and for players, like the returning Carlie De Murga, the match against Malaysia Sunday night here could be their last chance at impressing Dooley.

“It’s very important for us to prepare for the Challenge Cup and to have a send-off game here in Cebu,” said Dooley. “I want to use the match to motivate my players.”

Although he still has one more training camp left, Dooley expressed satisfaction over the preparations that have seen the Azkals play in Dubai and Doha, Qatar.

The Azkals have actually coped well even without some of their stars in previous matches like the 3-0 win over Nepal two weeks ago.

“I’m very happy where we are right now,” said Dooley, who has a new assistant coach in Bruno Baltazar from Portugal.

Azkals manager Dan Palami expressed optimism of a strong showing in the Challenge Cup with Dooley at the helm.

“Since the first game, I have given him high marks,” said Palami. “I feel we are on the right track. He has been understanding to us.”


  1. Maybe the best Squad for Maldives?

    Roland Müller ( Servette Genève )
    Nicholas O'Donnell ( Kaya FC )
    Patrick Deyto ( Green Archers United )

    Stephan Schröck ( E. Frankfurt )
    Dennis Cagara ( Lyngby BK 1921 )
    Rob Gier ( Ascot United )
    Juan Luis Guirado ( Ceres FC )
    Anton del Rosario ( Kaya FC )
    Simone Rota ( Stallion FC )
    Daisuke Sato ( Global FC )

    Martin Steuble ( FC Wil 1900 )
    Jerry Lucena ( Esbjerg fB )
    Jeffrey Christiaens ( Global FC )
    Paul Mulders ( Cambuur Leeuwarden )
    James Younghusband ( Loyola FC )
    Patrick Reichelt ( Ceres FC )
    Jason de Jong ( Global FC )
    OJ Porteria ( Kaya FC )
    Chris Greatwich ( Kaya FC )

    Phil Younghusband ( Loyola FC )
    Javier Patiño ( Buriram United )
    Mike Ott ( 1860 München II )
    Mark Hartmann ( Global FC )

    1. and Mike Ott have already signed to Bundesliga side Nurnberg from next season!

  2. Del Rosario should not be in the team.

  3. @12.02 Yes, but at the moment he still play for 1860 München II :-D

    @01.11 maybe yes , but he played all matches in 2014.

    @11.29 I´m not sure , I don´t think Etheridge will be in the squad.

    Let us Surprise :-D

  4. if that squad would be fielded in the Maledives it would be great....but i can't help i have a bad feel for the AFC Challenge Cup.......like vs. Malaysia ...good scoring oportunities and then you get such a penalty (luckily the Malaysian kicker didn't convert it) and lose the match. I have such a bad feel that Afghanistan or Laos spoil something.......