The U22 selection first lost to host squad Singapore, 3-nil in the opener of the four-nation Merlion Cup 2019 tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
“With the expansion, I already requested a group in Laguna and a group up north in Quezon City to set up 7s Football Leagues over there,” said Del Rosario.
The 29-year-old Filipino-British keeper said he intends on being part of the Azkals full-time when the squad kicks off their FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers campaign later this year.
The friendly will be as part of the Azkals’ training for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar qualifiers and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.
Etheridge, who signed with Cardiff City in 2017, made a phenomenal 127 saves throughout the EPL season, the second most in the league.
Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is pumped up for Philippine football, and it’s easy to see why.