Azkals seek medal finish in Southeast Asian Games, now forming "strongest team"

( The Philippine men’s football team is seeking to win its first medal in the biennial Southeast Asian Games (SEAG), to be held in November in Indonesia, reports Manila Bulletin.

"I think we can safely say we will be forming the strongest team for the Southeast Asian Games," Manila Bulletin quoted Azkals manager Dan Palami as saying. He added that they have a good shot at winning a medal because six of the Azkals are eligible to play in the under-23 tournament.

According to Manila Bulletin, the six players are Neil Etheridge, 21; Christopher Camcam, 16; David Basa, 21; Jason de Jong, 21; Yannick Tuazon, 21; and Patrick Hinrichsen, 20. Palami said, "They don't need to try out for the (SEAG) team. I think with their level of play, they should be automatically included."

Coach Hans Michael Weiss and Azkal Rob Gier will fly to Germany to scout for players, while team captain Aly Borromeo and defender Anton del Rosario will hold tryouts on April 9 and 10 in Daly City, California, reports Manila Bulletin.

"So far, there are at least 30 players who (have) expressed their desire to join the SEA Games team," Manila Bulletin quoted Palami as saying.

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