JAMES Younghusband and coach Michael Weiss get to join the national men’s football team in its friendly against Cambodia on Wednesday night in Phnom Penh following the decision of the Philippine Football Federation appeals committee last week to suspend the recent sanctions meted on them.
Also benefiting from the same decision was manager Dan Palami, who also rejoined the Azkals during the same friendly.
The three were suspended by the committee last week for their “failure of leadership” for the incident in the pre-match inspection of the Azkals in their friendly against Malaysia last March where players Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado were accused of disrespecting match commissioner Cristy Ramos.
But Younghusband, Palami, and Weiss have since appealed the decision, prompting the committee, a body independent from the PFF, to suspend the penalties pending a hearing on September 14.
“It seems like I have to do my kaholero cheers off the bench. Jst rcvd copy of notice to resume team manager duties pending hearing on 14th!” Palami tweeted on his account @dscpalami on Wednesday afternoon.
Palami and Weiss were slapped two-game suspensions, and Younghusband suspended for a game.
The presence of Younghusband is expected to add depth to the Azkals’ midfield that already has co-captain Chieffy Caligdong, Marwin and Marvin Angeles, Misagh Bahadoran, Jason de Jong, Nesotrio Margarse Jr., Paul Mulders, OJ Porteria, Anto Gonzales, and Patrick Reichelt.
Phil Younghusband, Denis Wolf, and Ian Araneta are the forwards for the match, while Rob Gier, Jason Sabio, Carli de Murga, Jerry Lucena, Roel Gener, and David Basa compose the backline.
Filipino-British Fulham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is the Azkals’ last line of defense, with Eduard Sacapano and Ref Cuaresma being the substitutes.