With only a few days left before the Philippine Azkals head into action in the joint 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in Suzhou, China, more new faces have been formally announced to beef up Scott Cooper’s pool.
Kaya-Iloilo forward Kenshiro Daniels and Azkals Development Team goalkeeper Quincy Kammeraad join United City duo Justin Baas and Mike Ott as late inclusions in the national team setup.
“The three players together with Justin Baas arrived in Doha Saturday for training camp. The team will leave for Shanghai via a Qatar Airways chartered flight on Monday, May 31,” the team announced.
The 26-year-old Daniels has 22 international caps under his name. The 5-foot-9 winger made his debut in March of 2014, while his last appearance was in October of 2018.
In the 2020 Philippines Football League season, Daniels produced two goals in five matches. Meanwhile, Kammeraad started in goal for the ADT during their first two games against eventual champions United City and Kaya.
Kammeraad, on the other hand, is a Fil-Dutch goalie who stands at 1.85 meters.
The additions of Daniels, Kammeraad, Bass and Ott offset the pull-outs of several players.
Cooper’s men hope to gain positive results against Guam, Maldives, and China when the games commence next month.
At the very least, qualification into the next round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup is the goal. Meanwhile, somehow advancing into the next 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification phase secures the team a ticket into the continental competition.