The Philippines U23 Men’s football team will go to Bahrain on 22 March 2017 for two (2) friendly matches against Bahrain’s U23 team. The games will be held on 24 and 26 March 2017 at the Khalifa Stadium.
The national pool for the U23 side has been training since late last year under Head Coach Marlon Maro in preparation for the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia in August 2017. The team nucleus has played friendly matches against Loyola Meralco Sparks FC, earning a loss (0-3) and a draw (1-1). The team drew with Malaysia U22 during a friendly at Rizal Memorial Stadium last 08 December 2016.
“We have a competitive squad in the U23 team whose players come from various clubs and schools. A vital step in the team’s development is to play more international matches. It is necessary that they play together as much as possible so they can be familiar with each other and have cohesion”, said PFF general secretary Atty. Ed Gastanes.
The U23 team is scheduled for friendly matches against JP Voltes FC and Kaya FC at the Rizal Memorial Stadium before they depart for Bahrain.
The following comprise the line-up for the Bahrain stint:
|1||ASONG||MICHAEL||SAN BEDA COLLEGE|
|2||BALABAT||NIMROD||SAN BEDA COLLEGE|
|3||BAUTISTA||JUNELL MARK||BENGUET STATE UNIVERSITY|
|4||BAYAN||RONILO JR.||KAYA FC B|
|5||BELGIRA||KOU ICHI||JP VOLTES FC|
|6||BUCAYAN||JAY-R||SAN BEDA COLLEGE / DAVAO AGUILAS FC|
|7||CORSAME||ROBERTO JR.||ARELLANO UNIVERSITY|
|8||CLARINO||JULIAN MARIANO||UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES / LOYOLA MERALCO SPARKS FC|
|9||CRESTAL||JIMSON||SAN BEDA COLLEGE|
|10||DE BRUYCKER||DYLAN ALAIN LUCIENNE|
|11||DE LA TORRE||REY FRANCO MIGUEL||SAN BEDA COLLEGE / DAVAO AGUILAS FC|
|12||DIAZ||VAN REY||DAVAO AGUILAS FC|
|14||FRANKSSON||PATRICK JAMES||KAYA FC|
|15||GADIA||DANIEL BERNAN||UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES / LOYOLA MERALCO SPARKS FC|
|16||GROMMEN||JOSHUA JAKE||CERES NEGROS FC|
|17||LAGUERTA||EARL REAL||DE LA SALLE – COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE|
|18||MILAY||IAN EDMUND||DE LA SALLE – COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE|
|19||PANGASIAN||JAMES||SAN BEDA COLLEGE|
|20||VILLANUEVA||NATHANAEL ACE||UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES / LOYOLA MERALCO SPARKS http://pff.org.ph/2017/03/10/philippines-u23-travels-bahrain-friendly/|