Angel Guirado and Dennis Cagara back in Philippines camp for semi-final showdown with Singapore

The two overseas-based players were cleared by their respective clubs to play in the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final against Singapore on Saturday
By Khalis Rifhan

Few days ago Angel Guirado was unsure if his club Salgaocar F.C will release him for the crucial AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal clash against Singapore this Staruday.

A day after the Azkals secured progression to the semi-final, Guirado was back in India as he was initially released to play only for the group stage.

Speaking to Singapore, Guirado said: “I am still in discussions with my coach. I told him it is important for me and the Philippines in this tournament. We have a new coach and it is tough.”

“Not sure. Maybe. Hopefully.”

But on Wednesday, he was informed by national team liaison officer Ace Brightthat his club has agreed to let the attacking midfielder continue his journey in the tournament with the Philippines.

Moments after being told of the news, Guirado took to Twitter to express his gratitude to team manager Da Palami.

“Boss, thank you very much for your attention to my (situation),” wrote a delighted Guirado.

Also rejoining the team is defender Dennis Cagara who plays for German third-tier club Karlsruher SC.

The duo went their separate ways when the national team flew back to Manila following their group stage matches.

Philippines will take on Singapore at the Rizal Memorial stadium on December 8 before travelling to Jalan Besar Stadium for the return leg on December 12.