Younghusbands rarin' to join Azkals anew

By Olmin Leyba, The Philippine Star

Posted at Sep 17 2012 12:19 PM | Updated as of Sep 17 2012 08:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines - After missing the last game of the Azkals’ recent three-nation ASEAN tour, Phil and James Younghusband assured their participation in the Pinoy booters’ campaign in the Philippine Peace Cup on Sept. 25-29 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

“We’ll be available for those games in Rizal. We’ll play there,” Phil Younghusband said during a recent event for the Chelsea FC Soccer School Philippines at TRIbeca Residences.

The Younghusbands were excused from playing in the Azkals’ friendly against Laos in Vientiane as they commemorated their mother’s first death anniversary. The Azkals eventually lost that fight-marred match, 1-2.

The Azkals will host the Peace Cup, the 2012 version of the four-nation Long Teng Cup, facing Guam on Sept. 25, Macau on Sept. 27, and Chinese-Taipei on Sept. 29.

James is personally looking forward to the upcoming matches, hoping that the Philippine Football Federation’s appeals committee will act favorably on his appeal against his one-game suspension.