The country’s young guns are ready to step up to the plate and put up a brave stand in Cambodia.
Twenty-three collegiate standouts have been called up by the Philippine Football Federation for the upcoming 2019 AFF U22 Championship from February 17 to 26.
Though the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Football Tournament will be in its first week during the regional meet, UP, Ateneo, and NU still gave their student-athletes to the national team.
UP’s Miggy Clarino, Ray Sanciangco, JB Borlongan, Kyle Magdato, and Daniel Saavedra headline the squad.
Ateneo gave Alexandre Arcilla and William Grierson while NU’s Rico Andes completes the UAAP cast.
From the defending champions San Beda Red Booters, Michael Asong and Kenry Balobo were called up while Jumbel Guinabang of Arellano will join the squad.
College of Saint Benilde will be represented by Lawrence Baguio, Earl Laguerta, and Vincent Lovitos while Lyceum’s Winces Balbino, Banjo Mahinay, and James Mansueto were also called up.
Completing the lineup are Major Dean Ebarle (Kaya FC), Jordan Jarvis (Hong Kong Eastern), Dylan De Bruycker (Ceres Negros FC), Mark Winhoffer (Yale), and Troy Limbo (Sunderland).
Serving as head coach is Salvador Salvacion.
The Philippines is pooled together with Vietnam, Thailand, and Timor Leste.
The Azkals U22 squad opens its campaign on February 17 against Vietnam. They would then take on Thailand and Timor Leste on the 19th and the 21st, respectively.