Amavubi land Philippine Peace Cup Invitation
THE Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has invited Rwanda to compete in the second edition of the 2013 Philippine Peace Cup.
The three-day, four-nation international tournament will be staged October 11 to 15 in Bacolod City.
The PFF general secretary Edwin Gastanes said on Wednesday, “We are finalizing negotiations with Rwanda and we hope everything will be settled to have Rwanda competing in the tournament,”
Gastanes said the PFF was forced to look at Azkals coach Michael Weiss initially broached the idea of having Rwanda as part of the roster of teams as he had served as country’s technical director from 2006-08.
Rwanda Football Federation chairman Celestin Ntagungira said that they have received invitation to compete in the Azkals tournament.
“We have received the invitation but we are yet to make any decision. We want to first meet the Amavubi coaches and our sponsors Minispoc to check whether we are in good position to compete in the tournament,” added Ntagungira.
If plans push through, Rwanda ranked 131st in the latest world rankings, will be the first team that will have a higher ranking than the Azkals in the competition.
The Filipino booters, currently ranked 141st, captured the inaugural Peace Cup crown-their first international title in almost a century-by sweeping their three assignments.
But the Azkals’ opponents last year-Guam, Macau, and Chinese Tapei-were all ranked lower than them.
Chinese Taipei has already confirmed its participation this year, making the Filipinos’ Asian neighbor the only returning squad.
Besides Rwanda, Philippine Football Federation is eyeing two more African teams to complete the cast in the Philippine Peace Cup.
Gastanes said they have also invited Uganda to play in the tournament with Afghanistan and Burundi also being eyed as possible opponents.