MANILA -- Five Davao Aguilas FC (DAFC) players were called up to be part of the Philippine men’s national team squad for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers Match between the Philippines and Yemen.
The match is set on October 10 at the Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
This will be the second time that Azkals and Yemen will face each other for the qualifiers.
Their last encounter ended in a 2-2 draw last September 5, 2017, at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, which saw top Davao Aguilas FC players Phil and James Younghusband contributing one goal each, for the Philippine side.
The five Davao Aguilas players suiting up for the Azkals are Phil and James Younghusband, Dylan De Bruycker, Simone Rota and Nicholas O' Donnell.
This is also the second call up for 19-year old Fil-Belgian De Bruycker, who is also a key player in the U22 Philippine men’s football team.
Head Coach Marlon Maro of Davao Aguilas FC says, “The call up is a confirmation that DAFC players have quality. As a football club, we are committed to helping Philippine football. My best wishes to Azkals and to all DAFC players. Make our country proud!” (PR)