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    U-23 Azkals relish last competitive game this year in charity friendly vs Singapore

    Nov 30, 2013
    Azkals U-23 coach Brian Reid disappointment on the exclusion of the team from the Myanmar SEA Games, but relishes the opportunity to play against Singapore in yet another friendly.

    THE Philippine men’s Under-23 football team still stands proud in representing the country as it takes on Singapore on Sunday in a charity friendly in the opponent’s territory at the Hougang Stadium.

    Deprived of the chance to play in the Southeast Asian Games, the 23-Under Azkals are nevertheless set to gain valuable international exposure as they engage their Singaporean counterparts in a friendly for the benefit of the victims of super-typhoon Yolanda.

    Coach Brian Reid reiterated his disappointment on the exclusion of the team from the Myanmar-bound Philippine delegation, but is still relishing the last opportunity for his promising squad to play competitively as a unit this year.

    “As a football game, you still want to represent the country properly,” the Scottish mentor said. “We’ll make sure we’ll put on a good performance because it’s preparation for the next tournaments that come up.”

    “And it’s for a good cause. That’s the most important thing,” added Reid, whose team’s SEA Games preparations -- which had been running for four months – was cut short last month following the bad news that it has been excluded from competing in the biennial meet.

    The Filipino booters, co-incidentally, started their buildup with a friendly also against Singapore that ended in a close 0-1 loss last June.

    The U-23 Azkals will have four seniors’ team members in the fold in OJ Porteria, Mark Hartmann, Jason de Jong, and Amani Aguinaldo.

    The rest of the 14-man squad are midfielders Matthew Uy, Angelo Marasigan, Val Calvo, and Marvin Angeles; defenders Ronnie Aguisanda, Deo Segunial, and Nathand Octavio; goalkeepers Nick O’Donnell and Paolo Pascual; and forward David Pusing. 

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    Azkals U-23 coach Brian Reid disappointment on the exclusion of the team from the Myanmar SEA Games, but relishes the opportunity to play against Singapore in yet another friendly.
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