Azkals face Nepal and Thailand for AFF Suzuki Cup buildup


Hoping to finally surpass its semifinal finish in the last two editions of the AFF Suzuki Cup, the Philippines is eyeing three more matches to complete its preparation for the prestigious tournament set Nov. 22 to 28 in Hanoi.

The Azkals are already slated to face Nepal on Oct. 31 in Doha, and Thailand on Nov. 10 in Nakorn Ratchasima; while a friendly with Malaysia has been tentatively set on Nov. 8 probably in Manila.

Palami said Qatar or Bahrain may also be invited for a match with the Azkals.

“We don’t want to be complacent and think we are strong already,” said Palami after the 5-0 drubbing of Papua New Guinea. “We’re not at the form we want to be yet.”

Dooley said he will call up four more players based abroad for the Suzuki Cup.

Jerry Lucena and Martin Steuble are expected to beef up the midfield, while Filipino-Spanish defender Alvaro Silva, who plays in Kuwait, could finally make his much anticipated debut next month.

Roland Muller is also expected to be recalled.

Drawn in Group A at the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup, Philippines will face Laos on November 22, Indonesia on November 25 and Vietnam in November 28 for their group stage matches in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Group B is composed of Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Myanmar.

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