MANILA, Philippines – Twenty-three players have been called up for the Philippine men's national football team's crucial match against Nepal in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers on November 14.
The match will be held at the ANFA Complex in Kathmandu, Nepal. A victory will ensure that the Philippines qualifies for the final round of the AFC Asian Cup for the very first time, and with still a game to spare.
As it stands, the Philippines is on top of Group F with eight points, and Nepal is dead last with one point.
Former Philippine under-22 player and Global Cebu forward Paolo Salenga, as well as Ceres Negros forward Joshua Dutosme earned their first call ups to the senior team.
Meanwhile, Kaya FC Makati midfielder Marwin Angeles is back for the first time since 2014. Misagh Bahadoran also returns after missing out in the draw against Yemen last October 10.
Javier Patiño, Amani Aguinaldo, Manny Ott, and Luke Woodland are still out of the squad due to injuries.
The full list is as follows:
1. Marwin ANGELES – Kaya FC Makati
2. Fitch ARBOLEDA – Stallion Laguna FC
3. Misagh BAHADORAN – Global Cebu FC
4. Dylan DE BRUYCKER – Davao Aguilas FC
5. Carlos DE MURGA – Ceres Negros FC
6. Patrick DEYTO – Global Cebu FC
7. Curt DIZON – FC Meralco Manila
8. Joshua DUTOSME – Ceres Negros FC
9. Neil ETHERIDGE – Cardiff City FC
10. Kevin INGRESO – Ceres Negros FC
11. Sean Patrick KANE – JPV Marikina FC
12. Hikaru MINEGISHI – Global Cebu FC
13. Paul MULDERS – Global Cebu FC
14. Jim Junior MUÑOZ – Ceres Negros FC
15. Nicholas O’DONNELL – Davao Aguilas FC
16. Mike OTT – Angthong United
17. Iain RAMSAY – Ceres Negros FC
18. Simone ROTA – Davao Aguilas FC
19. Paolo SALENGA – Global Cebu FC
20. Daisuke SATO – AC Horsens
21. Dennis VILLANUEVA – Global Cebu FC
22. James YOUNGHUSBAND – Davao Aguilas FC
23. Phil YOUNGHUSBAND – Davao Aguilas FC
The Azkals began their Asian Cup campaign with a convincing 4-1 win against Nepal last March 28 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. Phil Younghusband scored twice in the match while Iain Ramsay and Javier Patiño scored a goal each.
Head coach Thomas Dooley will be assisted by Stefano Marsella.
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