• Azkal Ramsay all set for Suzuki Cup action

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    Iain Ramsay of the Philippine Azkals celebrates after a goal during their match against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the FIFA World Cup 2018 Asian qualifying football match at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila. FILE PHOTO

    Iain Ramsay of the Philippine Azkals celebrates after a goal during their match against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the FIFA World Cup 2018 Asian qualifying football match at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila. FILE PHOTO

    Filipino-Australian winger Iain Ramsay is keen to see action as a member of the Philippine National Football Team in the upcoming 2016 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup.

    The Azkals will start their campaign in the Suzuki Cup with a game against Singapore on November 19 before playing against Indonesia on November 22, and defending champion Thailand on November 25

    The 28-year-old booter scored the only goal of the Philippines in the Azkals’ 1-3 loss to North Korea at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Monday.

    Ramsay, who played in the Australian football circuit, is currently in search for a new club after a short stint with Tractor Sazi FC in the Iranian Premier League.

    According to Ramsay, he will be making arrangements to make himself available for the Suzuki Cup despite the uncertainty of where he will be playing in the coming months.

    “I want to make sure that I will be available regardless of where I decide to play, whether in Asia or back in Australia. Regardless, I definitely want to make sure that that I’m available for the Suzuki Cup,” he said.

    Ramsay added that his agents are currently negotiating with a number of clubs in the Asian and Australian region, “I’m not too sure at the moment but I’m looking at my options. My agents are in touch with clubs so we just have to wait and see but I need to make my decision soon,” he said.

    Ramsay said that playing in front of Filipino fans in the Southeast Asian Football Championship is one of his goals when he decided to join the Azkals.

    “I have seen highlights before and to be honest with you, that (Suzuki Cup) is the big reason why I want to be part of the team,” he said.

    The Philippine national team first noticed Ramsay in 2012 after his notable performances in the Australian top tier clubs Adelaide United FC and Melbourne City FC. He received a call in May 2015 before the start of the joint 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers.

    “I’ve seen how much the country can get behind the team when they want to. We fell short in the (Suzuki Cup) semifinal (last time) but I want to make sure that I’m part of the team that will get us to the final—where I think we should be,” Ramsay said.

    The Philippines will be facing Kyrgyzstan on November 9, in a friendly at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan as part its buildup for the Suzuki Cup, “Because we are playing at home, I think we should definitely be favored to win,” said Ramsay.

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