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Nepal Turns Down Philippines Offer; India, Malaysia Will Participate
Aug 20, 2011 10:13:52 AM

According to Manila Bulletin, ANFA has declined the invitation from Philippines FA for an exhibition match scheduled in October 6 in Manila.

PFF president, Mariano ‘Nonong’ Araneta Jr. said Nepal, the host of Challenge Cup finals, declined the invite because the schedule runs in conflict with the Dashain, Nepal’s biggest festival of the year, which will keep the Nepalese booters busy.

Meanwhile, The Philippine Football Federation has invited Malaysia and India to play the Azkals in October at home in friendly matches serving as preview of the national team’s two important competitions next year.

PFF chief Mariano ‘Nonong’ Araneta Jr. Friday said the invitation to the two squads came after Nepal turned down the PFF’s invite for an Oct. 6 exhibition match at the Rizal Memorial Football Field.

“We’ve invited India for an Oct. 6 date while Malaysia for Oct. 9,” said Araneta.

Malaysia, which beat Indonesia in the finals on 4-2 aggregate, is the reigning Suzuki Cup champion. The tourney is the same event where the Azkals’ brush with fame started following their historic semifinals finish last year.

India, on the other hand, is the 2008 Challenge Cup champion.

India alongside the Philippines, Nepal and five other countries, will play in the finals of the 2012 edition slated this March in Kathmandu. tried to contact ANFA officials but no one was available for the comment.

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