Iain Ramsay reunites with some of his Ceres-Negros FC former teammates for the Philippine Azkals friendly game against Fiji on Thursday and the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers against Tajikistan on March 27 th.
Ramsay, who is now based in Malaysia playing for Felda United, will join the national men’s team in both matches at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
Also getting a call-up from the national team and listed in the Azkals training camp lineup r are Ceres FC players Manny and Mike Ott, Carli de Murga, Jeffrey Christaens, Kevin Ingreso, Sean Patrick Kane, Junior Muñoz, and Patrick Reichelt.
Meanwhile, Azkals team manager Dan Palamiwas upbeat on the response of the Fil-foreign players to join the national team for the Asian Cup qualifiers.
Aside from Ramsay, coming home to play for the Azkals are goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who plays for Welsh club Cardiff City, and MisaghBahadoran, now also based in Malaysia.
“We should be proud of our national team players who are doing well internationally in their various clubs,” Palami said in an article posted on the AFC Asian Cup website.
The Azkals lead Group F of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers on nine points and need only a draw against Tajikistan to confirm their place among the Continent's elite for next January's blockbuster in the United Arab Emirates, the article stated.
“The cards are not exactly stacked against us. We are currently on top of the table of Group F with nine points,” Palami said.
Philippines is ranked No. 122 in the FIFA World Rankings while Tajikistan is ranked No. 120.*NAB
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