10 October 2014

Azkals clash with PNG Sunday

The Philippines faces Papua New Guinea in an international friendly on Sunday at Rizal Memorial Stadium as part of its preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup.

Left searching for a new opponent for the international window this month after the match with Malaysia was cancelled, the Azkals face a relatively unknown Papua New Guinea side as they step up their buildup for their next important tournament in Hanoi.

Papua New Guinea is ranked 192nd by Fifa, but the side coached by New Zealander Wynton Rufer put up a spirited show against favored Singapore, 1-2, in a friendly last month.

The Azkals, who are hoping to finally nail the Suzuki Cup after back-to-back semifinal finishes, have been training under coach Thomas Dooley since Monday.

Malaysia was forced to cancel the match against the Azkals after officials decided to fast track the end of the Malaysian League that will pave the way for the early release of its players for Suzuki Cup preparations.

“What’s important is that we play more matches and peak in time for the Suzuki Cup,” said Azkals manager Dan Palami.
A duel with Nepal on Oct. 31 in Doha, Qatar, has already been slated for the Azkals who are also eyeing another friendly with Malaysia, tentatively on Nov. 8 in Manila.

The Azkals are still looking to maximize the next international window with a couple of friendly matches from Nov. 10 to 18 just before they plunge into action in Vietnam.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/165725/azkals-clash-with-png-sun


  1. wala bang tv coverage

  2. live stream pls...

  3. PHI Starting XI: Deyto, Aguinaldo, Gier, Sato, Rota, C. Greatwich, S. Greatwich, Reichelt, Bahadoran, Hartmann, P. Younghusband

  4. Philippines - Papua New Guinea 3 - 0

    1 - 0 Mark Hartmann ( 2 min )
    2 - 0 Mark Hartmann ( 10 min )
    3 - 0 Mark Hartmann ( 19 min )

  5. Philippines - Papua New Guinea 5 - 0

    Mark Hartmann (2' 10' 19' 46')
    Phil Younghusband (41')

  6. If we keep playing teams like this in friendly expect a defeat in every tournament. We will not improve and I guess Palami is concerned about 'good results' for the Azkals' after a defeat by former minnows Myanmar in Peace Cup.

    1. He is more concern about ranking I guess so he can brag that we are top in South East Asia.
      Don't see other top footballing countries talking about ranking as their main concern is about youth development.

    2. Pampapogi kumbaga pero mahina pala tayo pag ka level na ang kalaban.