|The Philippine Azkals with the Kanto Gakuin University football team. (Photo courtesy of Richard Pacana|
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals football team is now headed for Ulan Bator, Mongolia after experiencing the magnitude 8. 9 quake that struck Sendai City, Japan Friday afternoon.
According to sportswriter Cedelf Tupas’ Twitter account at around 1:45 PM, Saturday, the Azkals are “now in Tokyo, making their way to Narita Airport. ” Earlier at 9:30 AM, he tweeted that the team was “instructed to pack, hoping to make it to Narita in time for 730 pm flight to Beijing then to Ulan Bator. ” An hour later, he followed with “Azkals left Gotemba already.
Then off to Narita to catch flight. ” His next tweet, posted another hour after, said that the team already reached Mishima station and “buying bullet train tickets to Tokyo now. ” Tupas also posted that the Azkals might leave at 7:20 PM for Beijing, China via Air China before flying to Ulan Bator.
The Azkals was in Gotemba City for acclimation training in preparation for their second Asian Football Confederation (AFC) prequalifying game vs. the Mongolian football team to be held on March 15.
According to a report aired by TV Patrol on Friday, they were in the middle of the second practice game against the Kanto Gakuin University football team when the earthquake shook Sendai.
However, the quake caused the airports in Japan to close down until this morning so Sabio was stranded in Narita Airport in Tokyo while Greatwich in Osaka from yesterday afternoon up to today.
According to Sabio’s and Greatwich’s Twitter account as of this writing, Greatwich will instead be flying to Ulan Bator via Seoul, South Korea while Sabio will head to Beijing first before finally getting on another flight to Ulan Bator. >> Read Full Story