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    Azkals mainstays add more bite to Philippine Under-23 squad in SEA Games

    Apr 17, 2015
    Daisuke Sato and five other Azkals mainstays have been added to the Under-23 pool. Jaime Campos

    SIX Azkals mainstays have been tapped to add more bite to the Philippine Under-23 standouts set to see action in the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

    Amani Aguinaldo, Kenshiro Daniels, Mark Hartmann, Manny Ott, OJ Porteria, and Daisuke Sato are part of the 30-man pool composed of United Football League and collegiate stars who are vying for spots in the U-23 roster.

    Young stars including Curt Dizon, Nick O’Donnell, who have previously suited up for the Azkals in friendlies and saw action in the AFC Under-23 Cup, are also in the pool that will be trimmed to 20 before the tournament.

    [See At least 451 Filipinos competing in 34 sports in Singapore SEA Games]

    The U23 Azkals are being coached by Australia’s Jim Fraser.

    The Filipino booters are making a return to the biennial meet after failing to get the go-signal in the last edition of in Myanmar.

    The last time the Philippines saw action, the squad failed to advance to the knockout stage after finishing at the bottom of its six-team group with just one win in five matches in the 2011 Indonesia Games.

    The SEA Games is opening in June, but football matches will already be played late next month.

    The 20-man lineup is the fifth largest player delegation the country will send after athletics (34), softball (34), basketball (24), volleyball (24) and rugby 7s (24).

    The 30-man pool:

    Luis Cesar Abadia


    Amani Manuel Aguinaldo

    Ronnie Aguisanda

    Nathaniel Andrew Alquiros

    Arnel Amita

    Fitch Johnson Daviz Arboleda

    Florencio Badelic Jr.

    Mark Anthony Besana

    Jaime Vicenzo Cheng

    Julian Mariano Clarino

    Kenshiro Michael Daniels

    Dominic Liam Del Rosario

    Curt-Jordan Dizon

    Neil Dorimon

    Shirmar Felongco

    Daniel Bernan Gadia

    Joshua Jake Grommen

    Mark Andrew Hartmann

    John Christopher Kanayama

    Nicholas Michael O’Donnell

    Manuel Ott

    Jose Elmer Porteria

    Paolo Salenga

    Francisco Jose Primo Santos

    Daisuke Sato

    Connor Reece Tacagni

    Richard Talaroc Jr.

    Kennedy Uzoka

    Gerardo Valmayor III

    Nathaniel Ace Villanueva

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