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Friday, March 25, 2011

Yay Philippines Qualify for 2012 AFC Challenge Cup

Yangon, Myanmar
- Philippines win over Bangladesh 3-0 qualifies them for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup in which the winner will be automatically qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. The first goal came from Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo native Ian Araneta and the last two goals came from the Filipino- Spanish Angel Aldeguer Guirado to cap the winning performance and seal the fate of the country for Asian soccer football tournament. The Philippines is the leading team in Group A of the AFC Challenge Cup qualifying rounds after accumulating a total of 5 points playing against Myanmar, Palestine and Bangladesh in which the latter is the newest casualty of the fierce, brave and fast Azkal team. Palestine is the second team to qualify for the AFC Challenge Cup after accumulating 4 points. This is the first time in Philippine football history that the country has qualified to play for the Asian Football Confederation football tournament, one of Asia's most premiere soccer tournament after the Asian Cup. 

     Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo is known as the Football Capital of the Philippines since football is life of the people in that simple small town in northern Iloilo, Philippines which they already sent players to the national team and some of them are already playing for other countries football clubs. It is also home to the National Football Training Center.

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