Palami plans expansion of PH football national pool | Inquirer Sports
Close  

Palami plans expansion of PH football national pool

By: - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
/ 12:19 AM February 02, 2014

Azkals’ team manager Dan Palami. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — With a new coach set to take over, the talent pool for the Philippine football team that will see action in the AFC Challenge Cup will also be expanded, giving more players a chance to crack the 25-man lineup.

Azkals manager Dan Palami said they plan to come up with a 40-player pool from where the lineup for the Challenge Cup in the Maldives in May will be selected.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We’re giving more players a chance to prove their worth,” said Palami. “This is part of our goal to build a stronger local core.”

Palami has selected former US skipper Thomas Dooley as Azkals coach, succeeding German Michael Weiss.

FEATURED STORIES

Armed with plenty of experience playing at international level, the Azkals’ head coaching role is a first for Dooley, who is flying to Manila next week to finalize the deal with the Philippine Football Federation.

As news of Dooley’s impending appointment leaked Friday night, the PFF was quick to clarify that he has yet to agree to terms with the federation.

“I think his experience as a player and as a coach will help us,” said Palami of Dooley who skippered the US in the 1998 World Cup. “After talking to several candidates, who also had good credentials, we think that he is the best choice.”

Dooley’s immediate task is to whip a team into fighting form for the Challenge Cup that serves as qualifier for the AFC Asian Cup in Australia next year.

RELATED STORIES

Still unsigned, Dooley ready for Azkals job

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: AFC Challenge Cup, Dan Palami, Football, Hans Michael Weiss, Maldives, Philippines, Sports, Thomas Dooley, World Cup
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.