Azkals to face South Korean side in ‘Sendong’ benefit

Koreans, who perhaps have the biggest population among foreigners in the Philippines, will now have a chance to help victims of Sendong through football.

The Philippine Azkals will have another benefit match this month as they will play against a South Korea third-tier club Icheon Citizens in an event organized by Dragon Promotions on January 21 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

It will be the second match that the Azkals will play this month as they will also be pitted against Spanish third division side CF Madrid on Saturday.

Dragon Promotions will organize a football event for the first time with the outfit more known to organizing billiards tournaments.

Charlie Williams, founder of Dragon Promotions, said that the event is an opportunity for the Filipinos to develop a cultural bonding with the South Koreans as well as help the typhoon victims in Northern Mindanao.

“We felt confident that we could use our vast international experiences as expert organizers to help make it happen,” said Williams in an email interview with InterAKTV. “It’s an opportunity for Koreans living in the Philippines to join and support the cause and the sport, which is growing by leaps and bounds.”

Williams said that the event will also have an upside for the Azkals as they prepare for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup which will be held this March.

“It just gives them more international experiences to make the Azkals stronger, especially in Asia which we feel is an important factor for the growth of football in Philippines.

The Icheon Citizens is one of the teams in the Challengers League, the top amateur league in South Korea. Williams said that the team is composed of top rookies and seasoned professional players.

“It will be a good challenging game for the Azkals,” Williams assured.

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