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2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
01-07-2013, 01:46 PM (This post was last modified: 01-07-2013 01:50 PM by kofibaracko.)
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2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
The Philippine Azkals will be up against formidable Turkmenistan and two other countries in the first round of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers slated at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum from March 2 to March 6, 2013.

Officially, this tournament is known as the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers, not 2013, but for purposes of timeliness and impact I have titled it 2014 for this thread. It’s the qualifying round to the 2014 Challenge Cup to be composed of 8 teams, including host country Maldives.

The Philippines placed second behind North Korea in the same qualifiers between March 21, 2011 to March 25, 2011, and made it to the semis.

The Azkals are slated to face Turkmenistan, which defeated the Philippines, 1-2, in the semis of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup edition to enter the finals. The loss relegated the Philippines to a fight for third against Palestine. The Philippines won 4-3, against the Palestinians to win the silver, while Turkmenistan bowed to eventual Challenge Cup champion North Korea, which also won a place in the 2015 Asian Cup for the feat.

There are 20 countries, divided into five groups, participating in this year’s qualifiers in a single round robin format. The winner in each group and two best second-place teams qualify for the AFC Challenge Cup finals scheduled next year in Maldives.

The Philippines will have the home court advantage in its group when the series starts on March 2, with the Azkals meeting relative lightweights Brunei and Cambodia rated 182 and 184, respectively, in world standings against the Philippines 142. However, the Azkals are expected to have their hands full against 129th ranked Turkmenistan.

The AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers is an important stepping stone to bigger challenges for the Philippines in the competitive world of soccer. The team successfully hurdled this phase two years and narrowly missed the finals. It won’t be easy for the Azkals this time around, especially with Turkmenistan getting in the way.

Moreover, we won’t know the final composition of team Azkals until the eve of the games, depending on the schedule of various European clubs, home to some of the country’s key players.
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01-08-2013, 11:22 AM
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RE: 2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
This does not have any literal trophy right?

Well, finishing first in this qualifier is already an achievement for the Philippines.
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01-09-2013, 06:36 AM
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RE: 2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
(01-08-2013 11:22 AM)Azkals Wrote:  This does not have any literal trophy right?

Well, finishing first in this qualifier is already an achievement for the Philippines.

No, this is just the qualification round for the Challenge Cup next year. This is similar to the qualifers in the 2011 that allowed the Philippines to participate in the 2012 Challenge Cup, where we placed third behind Turkmenistan and North Korea.

This is sort of a step ladder. If the Philippines wins the 2014 Challenge Cup, it can take home a meaningful trophy and bonus of an outright slot in the prestigious Asian Cup, where Japan, Qatar and South Korea are among the top contenders. The winner of the Asian Cup qualifies automatically to the quadrennial FIFA Federation Cup.
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01-20-2013, 01:25 PM
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RE: 2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
No Coach, No Key Players, No Time, No Hope

No coach, unavailable key players, lack of preparations, and, worst, no more time.
These are serious problems faced by the Azkals leading to the group qualifiers of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup originally slated first week of March. If the games were to proceed as scheduled, then the chances of the Azkals to duplicate its third place in the same tournament last year is almost nil.

The contract of German coach Michael Weiss to mentor the Philippine team reportedly expired last week, many foreign-based players are unavailable due to commitments to play for their respective clubs in Europe, and there’s no more time to practice and jell as a team between now and March 2, the original timetable of the group qualifiers against Turkmenistan, Brunei, and Cambodia.

Fortunately, by some stroke of good luck, the games have been moved from its original date on March 2 to a new schedule on March 26 and will fall on FIFA international match dates. This translates to allowing team officials to call up their foreign-based campaigners to play for their respective national flags and requiring clubs to release players during those dates.

German coach Michael Weiss is likewise is reportedly close to firming up a deal with officials of the Philippine Football Federation for a six-month extension of its previous two-year contract, with a likely extension of another year if the Azkals qualifies for the championship round of the AFC Challenge Cup next year.

The Philippine campaign to win its first major international title is once more back on track, with practice matches against Myanmar and Vietnam set next month.
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01-20-2013, 06:47 PM
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RE: 2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
(01-20-2013 01:25 PM)kofibaracko Wrote:  2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
No Coach, No Key Players, No Time, No Hope

No coach, unavailable key players, lack of preparations, and, worst, no more time.
These are serious problems faced by the Azkals leading to the group qualifiers of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup originally slated first week of March. If the games were to proceed as scheduled, then the chances of the Azkals to duplicate its third place in the same tournament last year is almost nil.

The contract of German coach Michael Weiss to mentor the Philippine team reportedly expired last week, many foreign-based players are unavailable due to commitments to play for their respective clubs in Europe, and there’s no more time to practice and jell as a team between now and March 2, the original timetable of the group qualifiers against Turkmenistan, Brunei, and Cambodia.

Fortunately, by some stroke of good luck, the games have been moved from its original date on March 2 to a new schedule on March 26 and will fall on FIFA international match dates. This translates to allowing team officials to call up their foreign-based campaigners to play for their respective national flags and requiring clubs to release players during those dates.

German coach Michael Weiss is likewise is reportedly close to firming up a deal with officials of the Philippine Football Federation for a six-month extension of its previous two-year contract, with a likely extension of another year if the Azkals qualifies for the championship round of the AFC Challenge Cup next year.

The Philippine campaign to win its first major international title is once more back on track, with practice matches against Myanmar and Vietnam set next month.

I disagree with this article...it is nothing but an over-hyped doomsday mongering. Most countries that will compete in thechallenge cup are also in the process of changing coaches and replacing older players and they too do not have enough time to tighten their squads.

The core of the phils team have been playing together for two years now, and most have been playing together since the semi of the 2012 challenge cup, peace cup and the semi of the suzuki cup.
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01-21-2013, 10:08 PM (This post was last modified: 01-23-2013 02:59 AM by kofibaracko.)
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RE: 2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
(01-20-2013 06:47 PM)HRK1 Wrote:  
(01-20-2013 01:25 PM)kofibaracko Wrote:  2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
No Coach, No Key Players, No Time, No Hope

No coach, unavailable key players, lack of preparations, and, worst, no more time.
These are serious problems faced by the Azkals leading to the group qualifiers of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup originally slated first week of March. If the games were to proceed as scheduled, then the chances of the Azkals to duplicate its third place in the same tournament last year is almost nil.

The contract of German coach Michael Weiss to mentor the Philippine team reportedly expired last week, many foreign-based players are unavailable due to commitments to play for their respective clubs in Europe, and there’s no more time to practice and jell as a team between now and March 2, the original timetable of the group qualifiers against Turkmenistan, Brunei, and Cambodia.

Fortunately, by some stroke of good luck, the games have been moved from its original date on March 2 to a new schedule on March 26 and will fall on FIFA international match dates. This translates to allowing team officials to call up their foreign-based campaigners to play for their respective national flags and requiring clubs to release players during those dates.

German coach Michael Weiss is likewise is reportedly close to firming up a deal with officials of the Philippine Football Federation for a six-month extension of its previous two-year contract, with a likely extension of another year if the Azkals qualifies for the championship round of the AFC Challenge Cup next year.

The Philippine campaign to win its first major international title is once more back on track, with practice matches against Myanmar and Vietnam set next month.

I disagree with this article...it is nothing but an over-hyped doomsday mongering. Most countries that will compete in thechallenge cup are also in the process of changing coaches and replacing older players and they too do not have enough time to tighten their squads.

The core of the phils team have been playing together for two years now, and most have been playing together since the semi of the 2012 challenge cup, peace cup and the semi of the suzuki cup.

Not quite. Merely a statement of fact. This team is too fragile to be orphaned by its coach and left behind by its overseas Filipino reinforcement at this early stage. It's prodigious, yes. An overchieving group of babes. But still babes under the watch of able caregiver Dan Palami, amiable teacher Weiss, and their overseas kuyas.
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02-25-2013, 08:11 PM
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RE: 2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
azkals eerily silent on preparations for afc challenge cup qualifiers. it's already february and the matches are slated next month. this is not good.
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02-25-2013, 09:21 PM
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RE: 2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
They already started practicing at La Salle Zobel last February 22. You can catch them if you're in Manila.
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02-27-2013, 07:01 PM
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i am just no fan of procrastinators. the azkals are still building up and have a long way to go to produce a solid team. one month preparations is not enough. sorry.
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03-01-2013, 12:02 AM
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RE: 2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
PFF to host AFC Challenge Cup Group E Qualifiers; Tickets now available at Ticketworld

The Philippines will be hosting the Group E Qualifiers for the AFC Challenge Cup Maldives 2014 from March 22-26, 2013 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

Venue and Match Dates are as follows:

AFC CHALLENGE CUP MALDIVES 2014

Qualifiers

Group E

Venue & Dates:
Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila, Philippines
March 22-26, 2013

Schedule:
Match Day 1: March 22, Friday
Cambodia vs Turkmenistan (430pm)
Philippines vs Brunei Darussalam (730pm)

Match Day 2: March 24, Sunday
Brunei Darussalam vs Turkmenistan (430pm)
Philippines vs Cambodia (730pm)

Match Day 3: March 26, Tuesday
Cambodia vs Brunei Darussalam
Philippines vs Turkmenistan

Tickets are now available at Ticket World with the following Prices:

Match Day 1 (March 22): 1500, 1000, 500, 100

Match Day 2 (March 24): 2000, 1000, 500, 100

Match Day 3 (March 26): 2500, 1000, 500, 100

Tournament 3-day Pass: 4000, 2000, 1000, 200

More information about the AFC Challenge Cup are available at http://www.the-afc.com/en/tournaments/me...e-cup.html

Standby for future releases about the PFF's hosting of this event.
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03-22-2013, 12:20 PM
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RE: 2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
Roy Moore: AFC website shows Philippines, Turkmenistan, and Cambodia get default 3-0 wins against Brunei due to their withdrawal. Runners up qualification goes back to original plan. What it means for the Philippines here:

2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers: 3-0 wins awarded to PHL, other Group E teams on Brunei default
Roy Moore
GMA News March 21, 2013 11:08pm

The 2014 Challenge Cup qualifiers saga has taken another turn, as the official website of the Asian Football Confederation now shows that Brunei has forfeited their matches 3-0 to their Group E opponents.

This automatically gives Cambodia, Turkmenistan and group hosts the Philippines a 3-0 win each. When a team fails to show up for a pre-scheduled game, they typically forfeit the match 3-0, and this is what the AFC has seemingly determined as a solution to Brunei’s announcement that they will no longer compete in their Group E qualifiers.

After winning their groups, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, and Palestine are guaranteed places in the actual Challenge Cup in 2014, alongside the Maldives, which is hosting the competition. The runners-up of each group in this qualification stage are also competing with each other for the last slots after the Group E winners are known and take the sixth spot out of eight.

Rather than invoking Appendix 2, which would have seen extreme confusion in the rule changes and Laos qualifying instead of Bangladesh as one of the two best runners-up, the AFC has deemed that as Brunei withdrew after the schedule had been arranged their games would be defaulted instead.

The AFC quietly made changes on their website, which incorporated Brunei's defaults. It also reinforces the two best runners-up spots, as currently occupied by Bangladesh top with six points and a goal difference of five, and India behind them with six points and a goal difference of four.

2006 champions Tajikistan is confirmed as eliminated after their 1-0 loss to Kyrgyzstan earlier on Thursday evening, which meant they finished second in their group with six points and a goal difference of three. Laos finished their group in second with five points and are eliminated under these rules, but if Appendix 2 had been used, they would have qualified.

Appendix 2

The rule changes of Appendix 2, which are the provisions for choosing the best runners-up when the groups are uneven in the Challenge Cup, would have meant that India, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, and Laos’ games against their group losers would have been considered “null and void.” The calculation for the best two runners-up would have therefore been made from their other two matches.

This would have been done to give a fair comparison of games for Group E, whose members would only have played two games each, compared to the three games of the countries in the other groups. Such a calculation would have seen Laos head the list of runners-up after they drew with group losers Mongolia 1-1, while the other three runners-up all beat their group losers and so would have lost three points.

There still appears to be some confusion over the rules however, as the Bangladeshi Football Federation is reporting on their website that Bangladesh’s qualification is uncertain now due to Brunei’s withdrawal. Given that the other groups finished their matches on the understanding of different rules before Brunei’s withdrawal, the AFC would certainly fall under heavy criticism in that case.

What it means for the Azkals

As such, and given the AFC’s website recording default 3-0 victories for the other teams in Group E rather than applying Appendix 2, it seems that the original rules will be kept and Bangladesh is assured of one spot, while India currently waits nervously for the results in Group E.

For the Philippines though, the best route is of course to top their group by winning their two games against Cambodia and Turkmenistan and claiming an automatic spot. That would leave no room for question and with possibly the best Azkals line-up ever released, it’s a real possibility.

With automatic 3-0 wins against Brunei, the Philippines or Turkmenistan could claim a best runners-up spot however, by beating Cambodia and a draw with Turkmenistan, or in the event of a loss to the Turkmen, finishing with a goal difference of five. With three points and a plus three goal difference already, this means that a victory over Cambodia by three goals and loss to Turkmenistan by one goal, for example, would see the Azkals qualify. More likely however, Turkmenistan and the Philippines will defeat Cambodia in their games and face each other on March 26 knowing a draw would send them both through.

Could Brunei be expelled from FIFA again?

With the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports releasing the first statement, even before the Brunei Football Association had informed the PFF of Brunei’s withdrawal, there are heavy suggestions that the “unavoidable circumstances” are political.

Government interference with national football is specifically prohibited by FIFA and led to Brunei’s banishment from international football in 2008, when the government disbanded the FA.

Brunei only returned to FIFA football in 2011, and this latest episode could well see severe consequences for Brunei football again.

Tickets will be refunded

With the rules seemingly cleared up, the Philippines can now focus on training for the qualifiers which start tomorrow, March 22, with Turkmenistan facing Cambodia.

The Philippine Football Federation has also wisely urged Ticketworld to refund any unused tickets for that matchday given that the Philippines versus Brunei match-up will no longer happen. Despite initially suggesting they wouldn’t refund tickets as there was still a game on that day, they eventually saw that most tickets were bought for the Philippines’ match and will likely refund any unused ticket for the March 22 gameday. - AMD, GMA News
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03-23-2013, 02:20 AM
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RE: 2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
Turkmenistan 7-0 Cambodia

Published on Friday, 22 March 2013 11:48

Manila: Turkmenistan, runners-up at the last two AFC Challenge Cups, made an emphatic start in their bid to reach the 2014 finals with a 7-0 hammering of Cambodia in the opening match of qualifying Group E on Friday.

Arslanmyrat Amanov opened the floodgates at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in the seventh minute before two goals from skipper Vladimir Bayramov (23rd and 36th) and an Om Thavrak own goal four minutes from the interval gave the Turkmen a commanding 4-0 lead at half-time.

Cambodia, who are aiming to participate in the AFC Challenge Cup finals for only the second time after taking part in the inaugural tournament in 2006 when they were eliminated at the group stage, tightened up in the second-half but tired towards the end as the Turkmen scored three more in the final quarter-of-an-hour.

Veteran striker Berdy Shamuradov, top scorer in Turkmenistan’s Yokary Liga for a record six times, made it 5-0 in the 74th minute with Guvanch Abylov and Gurbangeldi Batyrov capping the win with goals in the 81st and 87th minutes respectively.

The top team in each of the five qualifying groups and the two best second-placed sides will join hosts Maldives in the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 finals, with Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Palestine having already booked their tickets after finishing top of qualifying groups A, B, C and D respectively.
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03-24-2013, 01:45 AM
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Azkals underdogs against Turkmenistan

The Azkals is a great team. It's a cinch to win over Cambodia in the qualifiers on March 24, but not against Turkmenistan which defeated the Philippines, 2-1, in the semis of the same tournament last year.

Turmenistan looks sharp and steady in their 7-0 victory over Cambodia last March 22. This does not bode well for the Filipinos, who will be the underdogs against the visitors from the former USSR.

As sports loving Filipino, I hope I'm wrong. It's one thing to have skilled players in the game of football; it's another to have teamwork and preparations.

There is no doubt about the football skills of Etheridge, Schrock, Younghusbands, and company, but I seriously doubt their teamwork and preparations for the Palm Sunday encounter against Turmenistan.

With more preparations for next year's tournament proper, I think the Azkals has better chances. The Filipinos need a miracle to pull off a victory against Turkmenistan at this time.
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03-24-2013, 06:38 PM
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Again, I expect Weiss to do defensive tactics.

But I do hope Patigol to score one or two goals, and end the game with a win.
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03-25-2013, 11:13 AM
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RE: 2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
(03-24-2013 06:38 PM)Azkals Wrote:  Again, I expect Weiss to do defensive tactics.

But I do hope Patigol to score one or two goals, and end the game with a win.
The team was fantastic both defensively and offensively. Great job by coach Weiss. You got it right about Patigol Smile. He was superb against Cambodia. We need more of the same from him, Phil Younghusband, and the other guys to pull off at least a draw against Turkmenistan and earn a ticket to Maldives.
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03-25-2013, 11:23 AM
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great win for the Azkals. Scoring one more goal then Turkmenistan, given the conditions, must give them something to think about - not the least of which is that a draw will let the Azkals through at top of the table.

bring on tuesday!

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03-25-2013, 06:25 PM
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RE: 2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
Brownout makes updates on this website a rare thing.

Anyway here is the video against Cambodia.


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03-26-2013, 06:53 PM (This post was last modified: 03-26-2013 07:05 PM by HRK1.)
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After seeing clips of the vs cambodia game, I believe the criticism about the condition of the pitch is warranted.

Sarcastically, the Philippines' understanding of a football field is limited to soil and grass.

There seem to be a trend that the PFF and PSC will only do maintenance two days before an event. When in fact, maintenance should be down all year round, specially during times when the field is not in use - this is the time to let the grass grow, add fertilisers, compact the ground, do some trimming etc etc.

Top stadiums have built-in drainage system (to help the field drain out water during heavy rain), sprinkler system, a team of gardners and groundsmen. Financial resources for sporting facilities are hard to come by in Philippines, and as such the Rizal Memorial Stadium is essentially living on hand outs (if it comes).

If PFF is serious about hosting football tournaments in Philippines, the PFF and the PSC need to keep our national stadium in top condition. I for one would like to see the Suzuki Cup and AFC Challenge Cup Finals Tournament held in Philippines one day. If only the Philippines can show the ASEAN Football Federation and the Asian Football Confederation that we can maintain an international quality stadium.

Panaad Stadium in Bacolod is also in need of a good upgrade and upkeep. To have Panaad and Rizal in top condition in any given time of the year can only be a good thing for international football in Philippines.

Many bloggers are saying why not play at McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig? Although it is a brand new facility with artificial pitch, at 2,000 seating capacity (with bleachers) may not be enough to meet AFC requirements. Also, McKinley stadium is back-to-back with newly constructed buildings and any expansion will be limited.

Another, stadium that is currently gaining popularity in international blogs, is the INC Sport Arena. The completion of this 50,000 all-seater stadium with retracting roof will certainly give Philippines an edge in comparison to our South-East Asian rivals in terms of sporting amenities.
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03-26-2013, 10:32 PM
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RE: 2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
We need more than a drawn game here. Come on Azkals!
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03-26-2013, 11:19 PM (This post was last modified: 03-26-2013 11:27 PM by HRK1.)
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RE: 2013 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
(03-26-2013 10:32 PM)azkalroo Wrote:  We need more than a drawn game here. Come on Azkals!

Azkalroo,

Not a good game for the socceroos....2-2 vs Oman. The pressure is on for Australia. Next game vs Japan in Tokyo.

Final Score: Azkals 1 vs Turkmenistan 0

Wow....we can play like this...very different to the 2010 vs Indonesia Suzuki semi....possibilities are endless !!
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