Azkals to start training for 2014 World Cup, coach proposes 6 tune-up matches against Asian clubs

( After winning against Bangladesh 3-0 on Friday and qualifying for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup, the Azkals will start training for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in May, reports Manila Bulletin. The World Cup qualifying tournament begins in June.

Azkals Coach Hans Michael Weiss has proposed having five to six tune-up matches against clubs in Asia, Philippine Football Federation President Nonong Araneta told Manila Bulletin the past weekend. Araneta added that they are eyeing Asian countries like Japan and Korea, and Australia as possible training camps "kasi mas mura doon (because it’s cheaper there)."

The home-and-away series of the World Cup qualifying tournament will be held on June 29 and July 3, reports Manila Bulletin. The home game might be held at the Rizal Memorial football stadium in Manila or the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.

As for the AFC Challenge Cup, the Azkals have earned a slot in the tournament’s main draw next year. They placed second in the qualifying group stage last week in Myanmar with a total of five points, following Palestine that had seven points. The team returned home the past weekend and will enjoy a one-month breather before training for the World Cup, reports Manila Bulletin.

In the airport on the way home, some of the Azkals told ABS-CBN News that they want to watch Manny Pacquiao train at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles and fight Mexican boxer Shane Mosley in Las Vegas on May 7.



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