Philippines Azkals vs Palestine AFC Challenge Cup Final: Palestine Wins, Goes to 2015 AFC Asian Cup [UPDATED]

By Zachary Stieber
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May 29, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Philippines Azkals have made it into the AFC Challenge Cup final and will face the Philippines.

UPDATE: Palestine won 1-0.

Ashraf Al-Fawagrah scored the only goal of the match.

With the win, Palestine earned the last spot in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Sydney.

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The game at the Male National Stadium in Maldives is slated to start at 12 a.m. Philippines time on Saturday (9 p.m. on Friday in the Maldives).

Whichever team wins will earn the last spot in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Sydney.

Coverage of the match will be available starting at 11:30 p.m. PHP on ABS-CBN. The television channel for Palestine isn’t clear.

The Azkals beat the Maldives in the semifinals 3-2 while Palestine beat Afghanistan 2-0.

Both teams are looking to earn the spot in the Asian Cup.

“We want to play at the next level, that is not a secret,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley in an interview posted on the AFC website.

“We came over here to win the Challenge Cup. We want to play at the next level which is the Asian Cup so we want to play against those big guys, not to win something but to play with them and that is our biggest goal.”

Palestine coach Jamal Mahmoud also said that a win in the tournament’s final is necessary.

“It is not enough just to be in the final, we need to win it too,” Mahmoud said, reported AAP. “Otherwise all this effort will be of no use.”

The Azkals beat Palestine in the third place match of the 2012 Challenge Cup 4-3 but the Palestinians have a much different team.

Most odds are for a win by the Philippines.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.