The Philippine national Under-23 men’s football team will strut its wares against the country’s top football clubs when it competes in the preseason tournament of the United Football League slated on Sunday.
The UFL included the U-23 Azkals in the competition to help them prepare for their possible stint in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games, which remains uncertain after Philippine sports officials decided to limit the number of the country’s delegation in protest of host Myanmar’s “unfair” exclusion of some sports.
“Let this be our expression of our support to our U23 Azkals. May their inclusion in the tournament be a big morale booster for the team!” wrote UFL Head of Football Operations Ritchie Gannaban in a letter addressed to the Philippine Football Federation.
The U-23 Azkals feature some of the most promising footballers in the country such as Joshua Beloya of Ceres FC, Mark Hartmann of the Loyola Meralco Sparks and Patrick Deyto of Green Archers United Globe.
The UFL has yet to announce rules about U-23 Azkals members who will face their mother clubs during the tournament.
The UFL preseason tournament will run until October 6 at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill.
Group A: Global, Green Archers United, Union Internacional Manila, Laos, Manila-All Japan
Group B: Loyola Meralco Sparks, Manila Nomads, Philippine Army, Cimarron, Dolphins United
Group C: Stallion, Kaya, Forza, Philippine Navy, Philippine Azkals U-23
Tournament start on September 7