Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines Wednesday, February 9, 2011
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Azkals see victory

The biggest match in recent Philippine football history unfolds at 7 tonight at the Panaad Park and Sports Stadium in Bacolod City with the national team Azkals confident of victory in the first leg of their AFC Challenge Cup qualifying playoff match against the Mongolia Blue Wolves.

Feeling 100 percent fit and ready for the game, Phil Younghusband said he will try to score at least two goals, while team captain Aly Borromeo said he will do his best to convert a penalty or a corner kick into a goal for the Azkals.moremoremore

Nation praying
for them: Migz


Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri yesterday said he wishes the Philippine Azkals the best of luck today, “the nation is praying for them.”

Zubiri is watching the Philippine Azkals’ Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup match against the Mongolian national team at the Panaad Sports Stadium this evening.

“I am excited to see our team in action on Philippine soil. I hope this will be one of many international football games played in our country, and that it sparks a movement for professional football leagues to thrive in the country, like the PBA league,” Zubiri told the DAILY STAR.moremoremore

Security forces
swarm Panaad

The police sealed off the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, yesterday in preparation for the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup tonight.

The stadium will be opened at 3 p.m. today for the match between the Philippine Azkals and the Mongolian national team that will start at about 7 p.m., Supt. Jefferson Descallar, Match Area Security Commander, said.

The Police Regional Office-6 and the Philippine Army have detailed at least 1,200 law enforcers at the stadium to ensure the security of VIPs and spectators.

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