• Azkals to begin training for AFC U-23 tournament


    Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley said on Monday that his wards would begin training in January for the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 Championship in March and the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in June.

    Dooley, 53, who is about to get a contract extension from the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), also said that a worldwide search for new Azkals members is about to begin.

    “I will be part of the committee that will look for new players who can play in the international field,” Dooley told The Manila Times on Monday.

    “I was already informed by the PFF that they would extend my contract maybe for two more years, I don’t know. We just mutually agreed to a contract extension but there’s no paper yet. As long I’m doing a good job and they like me, I think there will be no problem.”

    Under Dooley’s watch, the Philippines accomplished a first runner up finish in the AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives in May and then a semifinals finish in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup this month.

    The U-23 Championship is also a qualifying tournament for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Twelve slots are at stake in the World Cup qualifiers that will be held in the Southeast Asian Zone.


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