Focus on young players – Azkals head coach Dooley

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Philippine men’s football team head coach Thomas Dooley says it is time for the Azkals to invest on young players for future tournaments abroad.

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The Azkals wound up second in the 2014 Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup held in Maldives.

Dooley believes that goalkeeper Patrick Deyto, teenagers Kenshiro Daniels, Amani Aguinaldo and Daisuke Sato and OJ Porteria are the future of the team.

“Sato is 19 years old, Amani is 19 years old, and OJ and Ken who came in, they have a future in the national team,” Dooley told AFC official website.

The Philippine Azkals relied much on the talent of younger players in the Challenge Cup. They topped the elimination round with seven points and outplayed host Maldives (3-2) in the semifinals to achieve the historic feat.

“It doesn’t mean we want to kick the old players out, but maybe the pace of the game will be better and it is good to have a young average age, especially with young players who can develop,” added Dooley.

He also lauded his team for playing hard and not giving up.

“It was a tough game. The boys played hard and played good and I am proud of everyone who was in the team who played at this tournament. Overall, I am happy with the way they played in the tournament,” he said.

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