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    17 March 2018 – Manila, Philippines: Philippine Azkals Team Manager Dan Palami calls for support for the upcoming matches of the national team, taking place on March 22 and March 27, 2018, to be held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

    The Azkals will see action on March 22 against Fiji, for an International Friendly Match, which will serve as a tune-up game for the crucial AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifier match on March 27, 2018.

    Azkals Team Manager Dan Palami says, “This is an important match for the country, and the cards are not exactly stacked against us. We are currently on top of the table of Group F with 9 points. We win or we draw, we will move forward and the country will be part of the AFC Asian Cup for the first time.”

    Palami continues, “We want the ‘12th man’ to be there in both the tune-up game and the Asian Cup qualifier match. This sport deserves all the support it can get, as we have already gone far, since 2010, when I took over as Team Manager of Azkals.”

    “We should also be proud of our national team players who are doing well internationally in their various clubs. Such as Neil Etheridge, currently with Cardiff City, and all other previous PFL club players, who are doing well and are now playing for neighbouring Asian countries, such as Ian Ramsay, who is currently with Felda United and Misagh Bahadoran, who is with Perak FA…And maybe this is the only way that the country or the youth can see, that aspiring for an international football career is not that impossible”, says Palami.

    Tajikistan is currently ranked 124th, while the Philippines is currently ranked 122nd, in its latest rankings by FIFA, while Fiji is currently ranked 168th.

    Tickets for both the Azkals vs. Fiji match, and the Azkals vs. Tajikistan match are available at
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  2. Clamor Getting Stronger for MVP to Run as POC Prexy

    The clamor to convince telecommunications tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan to vie for the presidency of thePhilippine Olympic Committee is reportedly gaining ground fast among a big number of National Sports Associations.

    And the snowballing effort to persuade Pangilinan to give the critical matter a second thought, a source inside the MVP group said, has prompted serious reconsideration from the president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and chairman of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines.

    The source said that some NSA leaders have assured the business bigwig that a cursory head count shows him ahead, “and many of those on the fence have indicated they will support MVP should he declare himself available” for the post.

    “MVP is slowly feeling the pressure to take on the responsibility of going for the presidency,” the insider said. “He is already currently into several sports disciplines as benefactor so it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to imagine him taking on a bigger challenge. But no decisions have been made yet.”

    POC president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco, who is seeking a third term in the Nov. 30 elections, has earlier offered Pangilinan the position of POC chairman in a power-sharing scheme, but the top honcho at PLDT and Smart Communications politely declined the overture, telling sportswriters during the recent FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup in Tokyo that he “wouldn’t have the time.”

    The growing clamor could change all that.

    Manny Lopez, first vice president of the POC, has been bruited as a potential challenger to Cojuangco, but he could only do so, according to the POC charter, as an NSA president and not as secretary-general of the handball association, the post he now holds.

    To remedy that, earlier reports said Lopez is looking to reclaim his former ABAP post now held by Maynilad Water president Ricky Vargas, a close corporate ally of Pangilinan.

    It is not likely though that Vargas, who will be seeking his own fresh mandate during an ABAP general assembly meeting on Oct. 20 in Bago City, Negros Occidental preceding a regional tournament there, would relinquish his post, especially in light of the plea for a Pangilinan presidency in the POC.

    The source said a win-win solution would be for Cojuangco, a former veteran Tarlac representative, to step aside, having made his mark in the eight years he had sat as head of the country’s overall sports program, and give way to somebody else.

    “That could clear the way for MVP,” the source said. “And it would be a perfect scenario, him running unopposed which would show Philippine sports is ready for unity and development.”

    Cojuangco, however, has shown no indication of any plans other than to seek reelection, igniting the clarion call for Pangilinan to step into the plate and take a swing at the POC presidency.

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