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Azkals gear up for the ASEAN Football meet

Members of the Philippine National Football Team Azkals assemble in front of the pitch before their game against the Malaysia national team at Selayang Stadium, Malaysia last March 1. Team officials have lined up two training camps in the Middle East for the Azkals as part of their  preparations for the AFC Challenge Cup in the Maldives in May.
Members of the Philippine National Football Team Azkals assemble in front of the pitch before their game against the Malaysia national team at Selayang Stadium, Malaysia last March 1. Team officials have lined up two training camps in the Middle East for the Azkals as part of their preparations for the AFC Challenge Cup in the Maldives in May.

The Philippine Azkals will once again try to achieve greatness as they participate in the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup in November.  The Azkals made it to the semi-final round during the last Suzuki Cup even though they were considered as one of the underdogs.

In the draw lots this Tuesday, Azkals were placed in group A.  They are currently one of the early favorites, which include Indonesia and host country, Vietnam.

Myanmar, Laos, Timor-Leste, Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and defending champion, Singapore will also be participating in the said tournament.

The Philippine team has never made it to the finals of the Suzuki Cup, aside from qualifying for the semis in 2010 and 2012.

However, even though they haven’t been in the finals, the Azkals is the highest ranking team in FIFA in all the countries in Southeast Asia.

During the recent FIFA ranking, the RP Booters placed 128th in the world, while Vietnam is at 129, 151 Malaysia, 153 Indonesia, 154 defending champs’ Singapore, 157 Thailand, 160 Myanmar, 192 Timor-Leste, and Cambodia at the 200th place.

The Azkals ranking increased because of their simultaneous wins in friendly games abroad.

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