PHL Azkals starts training in Doha, Qatar for World Cup qualifiers


Azkal, the Philippines’ pride and representative for the upcoming 2022 International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the 2023 Asian Cup, have started their training in Doha, Qatar.

The Philippines’ national men’s football team participates in camp training to enhance and buildup Azkals. In preparation to proceed to Suzhou, China, the joint qualifiers are set to commence on June 3 this year.

The team consists of twenty-five eligible professional players to partake in the training camp. Half of these players were already in Doha, Qatar, and the others have begun their training on Tuesday.

Stephan Schröck, the team’s captain, leads the squad until the end of the month. Angel Guirado, Mark Hartmann, Jarvey Gayoso, Alvaro Silva, and Luke Woodland also practice with the team. Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge will follow within the week as he flies to Doha.

Will there be any friendly match games against the other teams?

That is the plan!

The Philippine Football Federation believes that the training camp promises to buildup Azkals’ potential further for the upcoming league.

Azkals currently land in third place in the Group A qualifiers. The Philippines’ national men’s football team will face Guam on June 3, on June 9 against China, then June 15 with the Maldives.

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Lois I.