Caligdong says Pinoy U14 team ready for AFC action

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The Philippine Under-14 Boys National Football Team are now ready to compete in the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Regional Football Festival in Brunei, according to head coach Chieffy Caligdong.

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The former Azkal Caligdong said that a total of 18 players were chosen from tryouts in different parts of the country since April to represent the Philippines in the tournament.

“The team is ready to compete in Brunei. Although, we still don’t know yet whom will we play against but the team is well prepared and ready for the first match and to give good result to the country,” said Caligdong.

The Philippine Under-14 team is composed of Mark Alanquihan, Amir Amaikurut, Juan Basmayor, Luis Buyco, Eric Cachuela, Chevey Celeste, Vin Dela Cruz, Genesis Elafan, Yuki Ferrer, Paolo Go, Oliver Gresens, Trevor Lood, Jacob Maniti, Shemrei Marabillo, Jiannecel Molina, Greg Naquines, Jacob Pena and John Sed.

The Pinoy U14 booters will test their mettle against Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam and host Brunei.

The final format of the competition is yet to be announced.

Caligdong said that based on their latest communication with the AFC, they would likely be bracketed with Brunei, Singapore and Timor Leste.

“We have a good chance to qualify for the top two of our group. As I have said, the team is mentally and physically prepared to play in the games,” he added.

In their training camp in Santa Cruz, Laguna in the previous months, Caligdong inculcated among the players the importance of cohesion and teamwork.

“As the head coach, I understand how the team should work so we worked on their understanding of each other on and off the field. Also, we remind them how to start and finish the games strong,” he concluded.

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