20 March 2015

Squad list for AFC U23 Championship qualifiers in Bangkok

The Philippines U23 Men’s Football Team will be participating in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Championship 2016 Qualifiers from March 25 to 31, 2015 to be held at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
The team will compete in Group G with DPR Korea, Thailand and Cambodia.

The coaching staff has selected the following players:

1. ABADIA, Luiz Cesar (Kaya)
2. AMITA, Arnel (Manila Jeepney)
3. AQUINO, Jenno (JP Voltes Fc)
4. ARBOLEDA, Fitch Johnson Daviz (Stallion)
5. ARISTORENAS, Jorrel Zachary (Loyola)
6. ASONG , Matthew (San Beda)
7. BADELIC, Florencio Jr. (Global )
8. BEATON, Charlie Yancy (Loyola)
9. BESANA, Mark Anthony (UAAP)
10. CHENG, Jaime Vicenzo
11. CLARINO, Julian Mariano( UP, UAAP)
12. DE CASTRO, John Ian Causapin
13. DIZON, Curt-Jordan (Global/Loyola)
14. FELONGCO, Shirmar (Stallion)
15. GADIA, Daniel Bernan (UP, UAAP)
16. GROMMEN, Joshua Jake (Loyola)
17. KANAYAMA, John Christopher (Global
18. O’DONNELL, Nicholas Michael (Kaya )
19. SALENGA, Paolo (Global)
20. SANTOS, Francisco Jose Primo
21. SOBERANO, Jay Shaun (San Beda)
22. TALAROC, Richard Jr. (Global)
23. UZOKA, Kennedy (Green Archers United)
24. VILLANUEVA, Nathanael Ace (Pachanga Diliman)


  1. Nice locals are given a break to enjoy football life

  2. Sato, porteria and aguinaldo won't be in U23 though it would be a plus for azkals u23 if they do
    They were called up for senior friendly against bahrain

    1. As much as I would like to have those players performing for the U23, the upcoming friendly in March will just be an important in determining if the Azkals remain in pot 2 of the AFC WC qualifying draw which will be held in April, and which conceivably will afford them a better chance of landing in an easier draw, so I can see the logic in this choice they have made.

    2. Not correct. FIFA Ranking as at 14 April 2015 counts only matches until 19 March 2015.

    3. Azkals upcoming friendly is on 30 March, way beyond cut-off for April ranking of 19 March.

  3. Many azkals players played in U23 but are very good in the senior team: porteria, deyto, daniels, aguinaldo, hartmann, ott
    Losing in U23 many times doesn't mean that they'll carry it over to the seniors
    Any team can have strong U23s or below but perform poorly in senior level, like myanmar
    Philippines is not far behind Other asean, only thailand has superior U23 and senior team