MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals are scheduled to defend their crown against a set of formidable teams in the third edition of the Philippine Peace Cup.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) announced that Palestine, Myanmar and Chinese Taipei have committed their participation in the annual football event that started two years ago.
This year’s Peace Cup will again be held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, where the inaugural tournament was staged in 2012.
Team manager Dan Palami is excited for the Philippine Azkals as the PFF was able to get competitive teams for the event.
The tournament, which will take place on September 1-9, will help the national team prepare for the more-competitive 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup in November.
The Philippines won the Peace Cup in 2012 when it battled Chinese Taipei, Guam and Macau in Manila.
The Azkals were able to retain the crown a year later against Chinese Taipei and Pakistan in Bacolod.
This time, however, they will be competing against a Palestine squad that defeated the Filipinos in the finals of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.
Palestine took home its first Challenge Cup title by beating the Azkals, 1-0, in the final round.