Key players Sabio and Lucena rejoin Azkals

By Francis Santiago

The Philippine football team preparing for the 2014 World Cup qualifying tournament enters the final week of buildup in the country as two more Filipino-foreign players fly in this week to join the training.

Azkals coordinator Patrick Ace Bright said Fil-American Jason Sabio was to arrive Wednesday from the United States while Fil-Danish midfielder Jerry Lucena will arrive Saturday from Denmark as the Azkals resume their training Thursday at the Alabang Country Club and the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.

Jason Sabio (L)  Jerry Lucena (R)

The Azkals took a break Wednesday after a one-week team-bonding session in Cebu.


Sabio, who took a leave from his law studies at the University of Alabama in the US, and the 30-year-old Lucena, who played for Denmark in the Under-19 and Under-20 levels, will join other Azkals based abroad like goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, Simon Greatwich and Anton Del Rosaio.

The Azkals will leave for Duren, Germany on June 12 for atwo-week training camp as part of their preparation for the fi rstround away match against Sri Lanka on June 29.

On Sunday, the Azkals will play the United Football League All- Stars in a friendly match at the University of Makati pitch.

Meanwhile, tickets for July 3 home match of the Azkals at Rizal will be available tomorrow through Ticketworld, according to the Philippine Football Federation.

PFF said 8,000 general admission seats sold at P200 while the mid-section seats at P300, The 5,000 VIP seats will be divided into two sections and will be sold at P2,000 and P3,000, respectively. Manila Bulletin