PHL U15 football team still winless in AFF Championship

THE Philippine’s U15 National Football team remains winless in the ongoing Asian Football Federation (AFF) Under-15 Championship 2017 after two losses at the IPE Chonburi Campus Stadium 2 in Thailand this week.

The Pinoy booters struggled on opening day against Malaysia, 2-0, last July 10 before bowing to Cambodia, 4-0, on July 12.

Ahmad Zikri Mohd Khalil scored the opener in the 31st minute.

The Malaysians sealed their victory after Mohammad Ikhwan Mod Hafizo punched the back of the net in the 58th minute period.

In their match against Cambodia, the Chieffy Caligdong-mentored footballers also failed to score after they were dominated by the Cambodians.

They are set to play against Timor Lest on July 16 and Brunei Darussalam on July 18.

According to Iloilo Project Director for Football Edwin Caro Laru-an, the team has a great chance of winning the two upcoming games given their “light opponents.”

“If ever they can’t make it to the top two, still, they gained experience and international exposure that the boys could use in the future international matches,” Laru-an added.

The Philippine team is composed of 23 players – Mark Zidane Alanquihan, Josh Rupert Asignar, Antoine Ortega, Jacob Alexander Braun, Luis Joaquin Buyco, Erik Mink Cachuela, Miguel De Mesa, Vin Joel Dela Cruz, Genesis Aaron Elefan, Karl James Emery, Yuki John Ferrer, Paolo Gabriel Go, Oliver Gerhard Gresens, RJ Vincent Jarandillo, Reuben Allen Liansing, Lorenzo Iñigo Lim, Enrico Marquell Mangaoang, Jacob Francis Maniti, Chyle Miraflores, Jiannecel Molina, Randell David Perez, Sandro Miguel Reyes, and James Carl Tuazon.

Meanwhile, Vietnam opened their Group B campaign on a positive note after beating Cambodia, 2-1.

The Timor Leste-Brunei DS game ended in a scoreless draw.

Host Thailand is going strong with two wins already. They crushed Indonesia, 1-0, before taking down the Australians, 2-1.

A total of 12 teams are competing in the league.

Australia is all business to defend the crown they won in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2016.

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