The Philippine national men’s football team, Azkals, released Monday the lineup for its friendly match against Singapore in Cebu on Thursday – the Azkals’ last match before heading to the 2012 ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup this November.
Tapped by coach Hans Michael Weiss to represent the Azkals are Marwin and Marvin Angeles, Misagh Bahadoran, Jeffrey Christiaens, Carli de Murga, Juani Guirado, Demit Omphroy, Paolo Pascual, Patrick Reichelt, Matthew Uy and Denis Wolf of Global FC; Roel Gener, Nestorio Margarse and Ed Sacapaño of Philippine Army; Anto Gonzales and Phil and James Younghusband of the Loyola Meralco Sparks; Ian Araneta and Chieffy Caligdong of Philippine Air Force FC; Jason de Jong of Penson Stallion Giligan’s; Jason Sabio of Kaya FC; and U-23 squad member Joshua Beloya.
Also in the roster are some foreign-based players, namely Fil-English Rob Gier and Chris Greatwich and Fil-Icelandic Ray Jonsson.
The friendly match marks the second time the Azkals face Singapore this year, with the Filipinos scoring a 2-0 victory in their encounter last September 7.
But Singapore is expected to be more formidable this time with the return of naturalized striker Aleksandar Duric, who recently bagged his third Best Player of the Year in the S.League, Singapore’s top professional football league, after steering his club Tampines Rovers to its second straight league crown.
After the match, the Azkals will head to Bangkok, Thailand for the 2012 Suzuki Cup, where they look to surpass their historic semifinal run in the same tournament two years ago.