MANILA (13 March 2017) – The Philippine Under-22 team will take on Bahrain in a friendly as they gear up for the SEA Games 2017 later this year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Malaysia will be hosting the SEA Games on 19-31 August, 2017.
The matches against Bahrain will be played at the Khalifa Stadium on 24 and 26 March.
“We have a competitive squad in the U22 team whose players came from various clubs and schools. A vital step in the team’s development is to play more international matches,” said Philippine Football Federation (PFF) General Secretary Edwin Gastanes in a statement.
“It is necessary that they play together as much as possible so they can be familiar with each other and have cohesion.”
The Philippines’ last game was against their Malaysian counterparts last year which ended in a scoreless draw.
The team is headed by Marlon Maro.
Kou Ichi Belgira, Patrick Franksson, Joshua Grommen, Michael Asong, Nimrod Balabat, Jay-R Bucayan, Jimson Crestal, Franco dela Torre and James Pangasian, Daniel Gadia, Ace Villanueva, Julian Clarino, Earl Laguerta, Ian Milay, Roberto Corsame Jr, Junell Baustista, Ronilo Bayan Jr., Andreas Esswein, Van Rey Diaz, Dylan De Bruycker.