Former UAAP star Paolo Salenga gets first National Team call up; Azkals lineup against Nepal revealed


Former NU hot shot and Global Cebu standout Paolo Salenga joins the Philippine Azkals as they try to write history in Nepal (FILE PHOTO)

The quest for a Philippines slot in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 continues.

The Philippine Men’s National Team face Nepal in Match Day 5 of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers on November 14th at the ANFA Complex in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The match is crucial since a win over Nepal will ensure the Philippines’ qualification to the AFC Asian Cup 2019 final round for the very first time and with a game to spare.

The Philippines sits on top of Group F with eight (8) points while Nepal is in last place with one (1) point.

The Azkals began their Asian Cup campaign with a convincing 4-1 win against Nepal last 28 March 2017 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. Phil Younghusband scored twice in the match while Iain Ramsay and Javier Patiño scored a goal each.

23 players have been called up for the Nepal match. Former Philippine Under-22 player and Global Cebu forward Paolo Salenga and Ceres Negros forward Joshua Dutosme earned their first call up to the team. Kaya FC Makati midfielder Marwin Angeles is back with the national team after a stint in 2014. Misagh Bahadoran returns to the squad after missing out in the draw against Yemen last 10 October. Patiño, Amani Aguinaldo, Manny Ott, and Luke Woodland are still out of the squad due to injuries.


Philippine Azkals Lineup vs. Nepal

Marwin ANGELES – Kaya FC Makati

Fitch ARBOLEDA – Stallion Laguna FC

Misagh BAHADORAN – Global Cebu FC

Dylan DE BRUYCKER – Davao Aguilas FC

Carlos DE MURGA – Ceres Negros FC

Patrick DEYTO – Global Cebu FC

Curt DIZON – FC Meralco Manila

Joshua DUTOSME – Ceres Negros FC

Neil ETHERIDGE – Cardiff City FC

Kevin INGRESO – Ceres Negros FC

Sean Patrick KANE – JPV Marikina FC

Hikaru MINEGISHI – Global Cebu FC

Paul MULDERS – Global Cebu FC

Jim Junior MUÑOZ – Ceres Negros FC

Nicholas O’DONNELL – Davao Aguilas FC

Mike OTT – Angthong United

Iain RAMSAY – Ceres Negros FC

Simone ROTA – Davao Aguilas FC

Paolo SALENGA – Global Cebu FC

Daisuke SATO – AC Horsens

Dennis VILLANUEVA – Global Cebu FC

James YOUNGHUSBAND – Davao Aguilas FC

Phil YOUNGHUSBAND – Davao Aguilas FC

Head coach Thomas Dooley will be assisted by Stefano Marsella.

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