Chieffy Caligdong

Born as Emelio Asada Caligdong on September 8, 1982 in Iloilo, this pure Filipino-Ilonggo Azkal and soldier plays as a midfielder for the Philippine Azkals and Philippine Air Force Rider FC.

Greatly acknowledged as the “Chieffy”, this naturally-gifted winger was able to get on to his international debut in 2004 Tiger Cup Qualifiers wherein he scored 3 goals versus Timor Leste. He furthermore played for the Philippines U-23 at the 2006 South East Asian (SEA) Games and in a pre-SEA Games friendly match where he scored against Myanmar and Timor Leste. He is the cousin of Ian Araneta who is also a significant member of the Philippine Azkals.

Chieffy is the Azkals player who scored the first football goal in the Philippines’ 2-0 victory over Mongolia late in the first half of their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup qualifying match versus the Mongolians last February 9, 2011 in Bacolod City. Caligdong’s goal, which bounced between the legs of Mongolian keeper Ganbayar Tseveensuren, is also called a nutmeg (tunnel) shot in football parlance. Caligdong’s shot was one of the 2 goals the Azkals scored against the Mongolian Blue Wolves, wherein the second goal was done by co-Azkal Phil Younghusband.

Player Info:
Player Name:      Chieffy Caligdong
Jersey No.:         13
Position:              Midfielder (3MF)
DoB:                    8 September 1982

F.C.:                     Philippine Air Force

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