MANILA (7 Aug 2011) – The Long Teng Cup in Taiwan in October will give the Philippines Under-23 team the exposure they need as they aspire to win their first ever medal at the SEA Games in Indonesia at the end of the year.
“The intention is finally for the team to bag their first medal at the SEA Games. And of course, we need to meet a weaker team in the semis so that we’ll have a (chance for that) medal,” said Dan Palami, the team manager of the Philippines.
“We will also bring them (Under-23 team) to the Long Teng Cup (in October) so that they will gain experience from an international competition.”
Among the players which have been shortlisted from a list of 30 players are 21-year-old goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and also 20-year-old midfielder Jason de Jong.
The team will start training on 24 August 2011.