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Azkals finally released their Suzuki Cup squad ahead of Singapore opener

In this file pic from nearly two years ago, six of the Philippines side who face Singapore are on the squad by Sven-Göran Eriksson. Mike Romero/Dugout Philippines (file)
By Kevin Estrada

Philippines manager Sven-Göran Eriksson finally named his first squad hours before the Azkals take on Singapore to open their Suzuki Cup campaign tonight in Bacolod.

The second-best side in ASEAN Football was the last to reveal their team ahead of the evening kick-off against the four-time champions, with the former England manager had loaded every talent in every position with familiar names.

Reigning PFL champions Ceres Negros had the most players on the side with ten, with Manny Ott playing on his third AFF Championship, alongside Stephan Schrock and others who are looking to rock Panaad tonight.

The newcomers will be featured by Bangkok's Michael Falkesgaard and Patrick Strauss who played a huge part in a 1-1 draw with Oman last month.

Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband is now on his fifth AFF championship, a Filipino football record. Mike Romero/Dugout Philippines (file)
The forward line will be led by Copa winner Jovin Bedic who was the lone player from Kaya Iloilo, and alongside with him is skipper Phil Younghusband who now set to make two milestones: the first Filipino centenarian and playing on his record fifth AFF tournament.

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