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Azkals to face Bahrain in World Cup qualifier tune-up

Ivan Saldajeno (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The Azkals will be back in action on March 31 as they will take on Bahrain in a FIFA friendly in Manama.

The Azkals will use the match, a culmination of a week-long training camp, as a tune-up for the World Cup qualifiers.

The match could also mark the return of ace keepers Neil Etheridge and Roland Muller as well as striker Javier PatiƱo. They were included in the list of players who will join the training camp starting March 23.

Skipper Rob Gier, Alvaro Silva, and Jerry Lucena also made the list of those called up for the camp as the other foreign-based Azkals enlisted.

Among the UFL players who are called up for the Bahrain training are Global's Amani Aguinaldo, Patrick Deyto, Mark Hartmann, Satoshi Otomo, Daisuke Sato, and Dennis Villanueva, Kaya's Kenshiro Daniels and O.J. Porteria, Stallion's Balut Doctora and Simone Rota, Loyola's Simon Greatwich and Phil and James Younghusband, and Ceres' Juani Guirado, Manny Ott, Patrick Reichelt, and Martin Steuble.