Mike Ott to play for the Philippines in upcoming friendlies
Filipino-German booter Mike Ott is expected to fortify the frontline of the Philippine National Football Team in their back-to-back friendlies starting October 7.
The younger brother of Azkals mainstay Manuel Ott, Mike joined the team in June 2013 but was sidelined in the tune-up match against Hong Kong.
The 21-year-old striker has played with several youth squads in Germany and is currently a player of the second team of 1. FC Nurnberg in the Regionalliga Bayern.
Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley said he chose Mike to substitute for Javier Patino.
“Javier is not available in October and Mike is playing that position. It will be good time to see him a little bit in the next two games,” Dooley told The Manila Times.
Dooley said that despite the uncertainty of Ott’s availability for the Suzuki Cup on November, he considers him a good addition to the team.
According to Dooley, Ott played some great games in Germany and is in the roster of the 1. FC Team in Nurnberg, “He knows how to put the ball in the net. He makes great decision in front of the goal and he can set up players to scoring goals. I need to see him how he can handle playing with us against other teams.”
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