MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-British football players Phil and James Younghusband were delighted to be included in the Philippine Azkals’ training camp in Bahrain after being dropped from the team’s roster in the recent Philippine Football Peace Cup.
The sibling’s business partner, Cathy Nazareno-Rivilla, said the Younghusband brothers wanted to thresh out the “miscommunication” with the Azkals’ coaching staff that resulted to their non-inclusion in the Peace Cup.
“They look forward to working this out with team management and their teammates,” said Rivilla in a statement.
The Azkals are scheduled to fly to Bahrain for their Middle East training camp, which will serve as their final preparation for the Suzuki Cup in November.
The 10-day training camp includes friendly games against Bahrain on October 12 and Kuwait on October 16.
“The focus right now is to help the Philippines advance deeper into the Suzuki Cup tournament this November and December,” said Rivilla.
The Younghusbands have failed to make it to the Azkals roster in the Peace Cup because of their commitments outside the national team.
Rivilla said “extra-curricular” activities for the Younghusband involved their full-time jobs as coaches for the Chelsea Soccer Academy.
Rivilla said the Younghusbands are willing to work out their schedules with the Azkals team management.
“As for the other engagements of the Younghusband brothers, they look forward to working with national team management on schedules and timelines,” she said.