Azkal Araneta plans to retire after Suzuki Cup


Posted at Nov 13 2012 02:10 PM | Updated as of Nov 14 2012 02:35 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Azkals player Ian Araneta said he plans to retire from the national team after the 2012 Suzuki Cup.

The 30-year old forward said he is calling it quits after being with the Philippine squad for 10 years.

"Ito na ang last (Suzuki Cup). After nito, retire na talaga ako sa nationals," said the Ilonggo. "This is my final hurrah talaga."

Araneta has been with the Azkals since 2002. He made his international debut in a friendly game against Singapore on December 11, 2002.

Among the highlights of his career with the Azkals was his hat trick against Macau in the 2010 Long Teng Cup. The Azkals won that game, 5-0, with Araneta ending up as the tournament's top scorer (four goals).

Araneta said he'll surely miss being with his team mates.

"Siyempre, nakakamiss pero dadalhin ko na lang ang magagandang alala-ala," he said.

However, Araneta said he will keep playing football for his club, Philippine Air Force FC, at the United Football League.

"Ganun pa rin maglalaro pa rin ng football sa club. Hindi ko talaga pwedeng iwasan ang football," said Araneta.