• Azkals returns to action with home-and-home set against former Soviet nations

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    Philip James Placer Younghusband (right) fights for the ball with Laos’ Phoutdavy PhomMasane during their AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup match in Hanoi on November 22, 2014. The Philippines won 4-1. AFP PHOTO

    Philip James Placer Younghusband (right) fights for the ball with Laos’ Phoutdavy PhomMasane during their AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup match in Hanoi on November 22, 2014. The Philippines won 4-1. AFP PHOTO

    The Philippine Azkals swing back to action this September with two games scheduled in a span of five nights.

    The Azkals, ranked 124th in the latest FIFA rankings, will first take on Turkmenistan, currently at 119th spot, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium here on September 2 before traveling to Bishkek to battle 105th-placed Kyrgyzstan on September 6.

    In line with this, the Philippine Football Federation announced the Azkals’ 23-man training pool for the upcoming friendlies against the said nations, which were formerly part of the Soviet Union.

    Global’s Amani Aguinaldo, Misagh Bahadoran, Patrick Deyto, and Dennis Villanueva, Kaya’s Kenshiro Daniels, Junior Muñoz, and Miguel Tanton, Loyola’s Daniel Gadia and James and Phil Younghusband, Ceres’ Kevin Ingreso, Roland Muller, Manny Ott, Patrick Reichelt, Stephan Schrock, and Martin Steuble, and Stallion’s Simone Rota make up the Azkals who will come from the United Football League.

    They will be backed up by Henan’s Javier Patiño, Iasi’s Daisuke Sato, and free agent Luke Woodland.

    Wolfsberger’s Stephen Palla is also included in the Azkals’ training squad to the friendlies, but an injury makes him doubtful for both matches.

    The said matches are part of the Azkals’ preparations for the Asean Footbal Federation Suzuki Cup in November, in which they will be a group stage co-host along with Myanmar.

    PNA

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