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    Boost for Azkals as Guirado, Cagara available for Singapore tie

    Dec 5, 2012

    THE Philippine men’s football team will have an intact lineup in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup semifinals against Singapore as Dennis Cagara and Angel Guirado have been cleared to play.

    Azkals team manager Dan Palami confirmed the news late Tuesday night.

    Cagara and Guirado, who are both expected to arrive within the next two days from their professional clubs in Germany and India, respectively, were vital cogs in the Azkals’ 2-0 shutout of Myanmar in their last group stage game last Friday in Bangkok that enabled the Filipino booters to book a return trip to the semifinals.

    Guirado, a Filipino-Spanish striker, came off the bench and scored the game-clinching goal in the Myanmar game, while the Filipino-Danish Cagara formed part of the Azkals’ formidable back four along with Rob Gier, Juani Guirado, and Carli de Murga, that stymied the Burmese attack.

    Filipino-Danish defensive midfielder Jerry Lucena, who went back to Denmark after playing in the first two group-stage games against host Thailand and Vietnam, is expected to be available for the second leg of the semifinals in Singapore on December 12.

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