While Bienvenido Marañón's participation for the Philippine Azkals in the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers is not yet certain, the prolific striker is already fully committed to the national team. Azkals coach Scott Cooper said in a press briefing on Wednesday that Marañón will be a massive addition to the national team both on and off the court, given his undeniable quality and goal-scoring prowess, as well as his love for his adopted country. Marañón, 34, is on the brink of being naturalized.
Reuters Africa's FIFA World Cup qualifiers have been thrown into crisis after a ban on numerous stadiums across the continent left many countries facing the prospect of hosting matches next month outside their borders. The Confederation of African Football, in a circular to member associations this week, has issued a list of approved stadiums for the first two rounds of group matches in June.
Filipino-English keeper Neil Etheridge wants to join the national football team's campaign for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers next month, but will have to go through scheduling hurdles, according to Philippine Azkals coach Scott Cooper. "Neil is eligible. He is wanting to come,” said Cooper during the Philippine Football Federation's online press conference.