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 14 November 2017 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.
- 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. The Philippine team will fly to Kathmandu on Wednesday morning, 8 November 2017.