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The Philippine Football Federation have called off the friendly in Bishkek in June after citing logistical problems in traveling to the central Asian nation

By Khalis Rifhan
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A friendly match scheduled for next month between the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan has been cancelled by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), after they cited logistical problems in traveling to the central Asian nation. 

InterAKTV reported that PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes had said the match was called off due to their inability to search for "good flights" and "booking difficulties" they faced in arranging the friendly.

The Azkals were originally scheduled to play the 143rd Fifa-ranked team on June 8 in the capital Bishkek, which would have been the first-ever international friendly between the two teams. 

While the friendly against Kyrgyzstan has now been abandoned, Philippines players can still look forward to facing Hong Kong on June 4 at the Mongkok Stadium.

As for Kyrgyzstan, they will be heading to Europe to face Estonia at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn on June 11 before travelling to Moldova on June 14 for a friendly there.

Both Kyrgyzstan and Philippines are making use of the international break to play a series of friendlies matches as part of their preparations for the AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives next year, which is slated for March 8 to 23. The winners will qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

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