Cebuanos Amirul, Ouano called up for Azkals pool

CEBUANOS Kamil Amirul and Ivan Ouano have been called up to join the Philippines Azkals training pool for the upcoming Asean Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup from Dec. 20 to Jan. 16.

The 18-year-old Amirul, a native of Argao, is one of the promising midfielders playing for the Azkals Development Team. He played for the Philippines in the youth level for the U-16, U-19 and U-20 squads. He scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Afghanistan in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-20 Asian Cup Qualifiers last September in Oman.

Ouano, on the other hand, is a prolific 22-year-old striker that plays for United City FC in the Philippines Football League (PFL).

Like Amirul, Ouano is also looking for his first cap for the men’s team. Ouano is also experienced in the youth level and played for the Philippines in U-17, U-19 and U-23 teams.

Ouano displayed his striking prowess after scoring two goals and forcing a 2-2 draw with Timor Leste in the AFF U-23 Championship in February in Cambodia.

The training camp pool has a mix of veterans and young players with the likes of Stephan Schrock, Mark Hartmann, Hikaru Minegishi, Kenshiro Daniels, Eric Giganto, Arnel Amita, Jesus Melliza, Amani Aguinaldo, Kenshiro Daniels, Marco Casambre, Anthony Pinthus, Julian Schwarzer, Javier Gayoso, Sandro Reyes, Jesse Curran, Jesper Nyholm, Jefferson Tabinas, Dylan De Bruyker, Christian Rontini, Simen Lyngbo, Andres Aldeguer, Dov Cariño, Sebastian Rasmussen, Griffin McDaniel, Oskari Kekkonen, Michael Baldisimo, Oliver Bias, Dennis Chung, Pocholo Bugas, Jeremiah Borlongan, Bryan Ybañez, Chester Pabualan, Harry Nuñez, Justin Frias, Jacob Maniti, Cyrelle Saut, Jaime Rosquillo, Kou Ichi Belgira, Audie Menzi, Pete Forrosuelo, Haren De Gracia, Kevin Ray Hansen and Enrico Mangaoang.

The Azkals are in Group A along with defending champion Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and Brunei.

The Philippines kicks off its training camp on Nov. 21.