D Minus One

Bacolod City, Philippines – The day started with late breakfast at the hotel. Then after an hour so of resting, it was off to Shakeys Bacolod for lunch.

The managers’ meeting was held at 2 pm. This was presided over by FIFA and AFC Match Commissioner Dave Penano. The teams were briefed on the various areas of the preparation which included security, marketing, tickets and medical arrangements. among others. The match commissioner with the assistance then inspected the respective kits of both teams.

Practice at Panaad was at 4 pm. The team from Guam immediately followed. After seeing both teams there is guarded optimism about our chances.

Dinner was again at the hotel.

Various supporters started streaming into Bacolod from all over the country. This include a strong contingent of Kaholeros from

The Kaholeros

Manila who will be joining their counterparts from the rest of the country to continue their tradition of being the booster squad for the Azkals.

Gates will open tomorrow at 5 pm. Stadium lock-down procedures will be around noon time. Teams arrive 90 minutes before the match. Kick-off is at 7 pm.

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