Amavubi rule out Philippine Peace Cup Invitation
THE Rwanda Football Federation has ruled out the invitation by Philippine Football Federation (PFF) to take part in the second edition of the 2013 Philippine Peace Cup.
The Ferwafa chairman Celestin Ntagungira Abegga said on Thursday that taking part in this tournament was not the ideal preparation for Amavubi ahead of the 2013 Cecafa Challenge Cup to be held in Nairobi Kenya.
“Besides not meeting the basic necessities needed for Amavubi to travel to Philippine, this tournament would not help the national team in anyway,” He said.
“We will try to secure other friendly matches that could help put in shape our national team such that they can compete in the regional tournament when they are better prepared,” added Ntagungira.
The three-day, four-nation international tournament was expected to be staged from October 11 to 15 in Bacolod City.
With African sides Rwanda and Uganda begging off due to various reasons, the Philippine Football Federation has been left with no choice but to reduce the field to just three from a planned four-team event that will serve as one of the highlights of the city’s Masskara Festival celebration.
The Azkals bested the Taiwanese side for the title last year, while some of the members of the national side saw action for Global FC in the AFC President’s Cup, where they faced a KRL squad powered by Pakistani national team players.
With the matches coinciding with Fifa international friendly dates, Azkals manager Dan Palami plans to call up some of the Europe-based players for the tournament, including Stephan Schrock, who started the season brightly with his new club Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga.
The Peace Cup is part of the Azkals’ buildup for the AFC Challenge Cup in May next year in the Maldives where they will be gunning for the one spot to the AFC Asian Cup that will be dangled in the tournament.