Monday, 14 February 2011

Azkals get $20,000 to train for Game 2

Posted by chardyboy on Monday, February 14, 2011 0 comments

source: By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) will receive $20,000 in assistance from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the Azkals’ away game in Mongolia but that won’t be enough to cover the training camp planned in Ulan Bator one week before the March 15 AFC Challenge Cup qualifying match.

PFF president Mariano Araneta said transport alone would cost the 30-man Azkals delegation some $45,000 and this does not include the hotel and other needs yet. Team manager Dan Palami estimated the weeklong stint in Mongolia to be around P4 million.

“The plane fare to Mongolia alone is I think $1,500 per person. So kung 30 (people) ang pupunta, that’s already $45,000, so we really need more than $20,000,” said Araneta.

The PFF plans to send the Azkals to Mongolia early so as to get them used to the chilly conditions of Ulan Bator. Temperature for the game set at 1 p.m. is expected to be at -10 degrees.

“The hosts will only shoulder our stay for three days, so if we’re going to train three to four days more, we also have to pay for our hotel and food,” he said.

The $20,000 represents the assistance given by the AFC to visiting teams. Mongolia also received this amount when the Blue Wolves went to Bacolod City for the first leg last Wednesday.

Araneta said they will seek assistance from the Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., among others, to augment the PFF’s warchest for this trip.

And so as not to incur additional expenditure, Palami said “as soon as the game’s finished, we fly out (of Mongolia) immediately at 12 midnight.”

The Azkals drubbed the Blue Wolves, 2-0, in the first leg in Bacolod and the Mongolians need to beat the Pinoys by three goals on their turf next month to salvage the tie and advance to the group stages.


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