The Philippine Under-23 men’s football team is set to gain valuable international exposure for a good cause.
Unable to get to green light to represent the country in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games, the U-23 team will instead play their Singaporean counterparts in a charity friendly on December 1 in the opponents’ turf for the benefit of the victims of super-typhoon Yolanda.
Philippine Football Federation communications head Ebong Joson confirmed the news, although he has yet to say where exactly the proceeds will go.
Global coach Brian Reid will call the shots for the national team, which is expected to have standouts Amani Aguinaldo, Marwin Angeles, Jeff Christiaens, Jason de Jong, Patrick Deyto, Mark Hartmann, and OJ Porteria, among others, in the fold.
The U-23 Azkals last met the U-23 Lions last June when they surrendered a fighting 0-1 decision at the Hougang Stadium.