The Philippine national men’s football team will clash with Chinese Taipei and Pakistan as the Azkals defend their title in the 2013 Philippine Football Peace Cup this October.
The Azkals, who won the tournament last year for their first title in almost a century, will take on Chinese Taipei on October 11 and Pakistan on October 15 at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
Just like last year, the tournament was supposed to feature four nations.
However, the Philippine Football Federation was unable to secure confirmation for one more team. Countries such as Rwanda, Burundi and Afghanistan were reportedly invited for the competition.
“We will settle for three teams,” PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes told InterAKTV.
Among the participating teams, the Azkals remain the highest ranked at 147th. Chinese Taipei, which they beat, 3-1, in the tournament’s last edition, is at 176th, while Pakistan is at 177th.
The Azkals are using the matches to prepare for the 2014 Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup in Maldives, where they aim to surpass their third place finish in the same tournament last year.