Azkals' friendly vs Thailand removed from Fifa schedule but PFF says match will push through
Philippine Football Federation secretary general Edwin Gastanes says they have not received communication from the hosts about a possible cancellation. Jerome Ascano

THE Philippine men’s football team’s friendly against Thailand in Nakhon Ratchasima next month will push through as scheduled, according to the Philippine Football Federation.

There was confusion when the match slated November 10 was removed from the Azkals’ schedule on the website of football's world governing body Fifa.

But PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes said the match will be played and they have not received communication from their counterparts in Thailand of a possible cancellation.

“The match in Thailand is a go as far as PFF is concerned,” Gastanes told Spin.ph on Wednesday, adding that Thailand is perhaps just completing the necessary documents for Fifa authorization before announcing the match intended for the preparations of both countries for the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup.

“There is no advice to the contrary from Thailand, which, as host, takes care of securing Fifa authorization.”

Gastanes also confirmed another friendly for the Filipino footballers against Cambodia on November 14 in Manila in what could be their last match before plunging into action in the Suzuki Cup kicking off Nov. 22.

“It was worked out during the last few days.”

The Thomas Dooley-mentored Azkals are in Doha for a friendly against Nepal on Friday. 

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