MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Azkals, bracing for another important tournament, return to action on March 30 when they face Middle East powerhouse Bahrain in an international friendly in Manama.
The match caps the weeklong training camp of the national side as its kicks off preparations for the World Cup Qualifying in June.
Attending the press launch of the Azkals’ mobile service promo, national coach Thomas Dooley has recalled goalkeeper Neil Etheridge after a long absence, while Roland Muller is also expected to return after missing the Suzuki Cup last year due to club commitments.
The mobile service allows fans to get behind-the-scenes content while raising funds for the team, Azkals manager Dan Palami said.
Dooley said he is bringing 23 players to the Bahrain camp, including Jerry Lucena and skipper Rob Gier. Having secured his PH passport, Fil-Spanish defender Alvaro Silva is also joining the trip.
Palami is hopeful that new prospects like Australia-based Iain Ramsay can also make it to Bahrain. Austria-born Stephen Palla and Luke Woodland, who plays for Bolton Wanderers in England, have also expressed interest in joining the squad.
But Dooley has ruled out Mike Ott and striker Javier Patino due to overseas club commitments.