Phil, James still committed to Azkals

By Camille B. Naredo,

Posted at Jul 01 2012 07:41 PM | Updated as of Jul 02 2012 10:48 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Phil Younghusband assured Filipino football fans that he and his brother James remain firmly committed to the Philippine national team even if they will miss the Azkals' upcoming training camp in the United States.

"We're always committed to the Azkals, and we know that without the Azkals, Philippine football wouldn't be where it is," Younghusband told "But we have a good cause here, a charity event."

The Younghusband brothers will participate in the Clear Dream Match on August 25 at the University of Makati field, in a charity game that will also feature other members of the national team, players from the United Football League and some celebrities.

The Younghusbands became the subject of social media vitriol when it was revealed that they will miss the Azkals' August training camp in the US, wherein the team will face Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire.

Phil insists, however, that their participation in the Dream Match is part of their long-term goal for football.

"Me and my brother, we're about promoting football. We have a long term goal of promoting football, and this is a part of it," he explained.

Moreover, the event is for a good cause, as it benefits the Tuloy Sa Don Bosco Foundation, the organization know for sending a team to the Homeless World Cup.

Phil said he and James will only be missing the August training camp.

"We'll be available for the September camp, the October camp, the November camp, the December camp. We'll be there for all the camps. It's just this one, because we have a commitment," he said.

"We're always committed to the Azkals and we'll always make ourselves available for the Azkals," Phil added.

"It's just this time, we have a commitment and it's for a great cause."

Last June 1, Phil and James also missed the Azkals' friendly against Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, which ended in a goalless draw. But they played in the two successive friendlies, a 2-2 draw against Indonesia and a 3-0 win over Guam.