Azkals’ 23-man AFC Challenge Cup roster named

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THE 23 players who will represent the Philippines in its most important international football tournament yet this year have finally been chosen.

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) on Friday night announced — earlier than expected –the Azkals’ roster for the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup kicking off May 19 in Maldives where a lone ticket to the 2015 Asian Cup is at stake.

An abundance and mixture of talent and experience comprise the national team, with Europe-based standouts and United Football League stalwarts leading the way.

Dennis Cagara, Rob Gier, Juani Guirado, and Roland Muller have been added to the Bahrain camp roster, leaving teenagers Amani Aguinaldo, Kenshiro Daniels, and Curt Dizon, and veteran Simon Greatwich out.

Cagara and Muller are expected to meet new coach Thomas Dooley for the first time in the ongoing Bahrain camp.

One notable booter missing, however, is Filipino-Spanish striker Javier Patiño, who last played for the national side two months ago in a 0-1 loss to Azerbaijan in their friendly in Dubai.

The Azkals, who rose three spots to 140th in the latest Fifa rankings, begin their campaign against Afghanistan on May 21.

The full squad is listed below:

Bahadoran, Misagh

Burkey, Nathaniel

Cagara, Dennis

Etheridge, Neil Leonard

De Jong, Jason Nicolas Maria

Del Rosario, Anton Edward

Deyto, Patrick Phillip

Doctora, Ruben

Gier, Robert James

Greatwich, Christopher Robert

Guirado, Juan Luis

Lucena, Jerry Ruben

Martinez de Murga, Carlos Alberto

Mulders, Paul

Muller, Roland Richard

Porteria, Jose Elmer

Reichelt, Patrick

Rota, Simone

Sato, Daisuke

Schrock, Stephan Markus

Steuble, Martin Markus

Younghusband, James Joseph

Younghusband, Philip James

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