Hans Michael Weiss back as Azkals head coach

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 6) — After nearly a decade, Hans Michael Weiss is back as head coach of the Philippine Azkals.

"We are delighted to welcome coach Weiss back to the PHI MNT," Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Nonong Araneta said in a statement Tuesday, referring to the Philippine Men's National Team.

"He has kept the Philippines close to his heart and continues to be a well-respected figure by players and staff," he added.

Weiss steered the Azkals to a third place finish in the AFC Challenge Cup in 2012, and a semifinal appearance in the AFF Championship that same year.

In 44 appearances, he tallied 21 wins, 12 losses, and 11 draws with the Azkals.

Weiss will be calling the shots for the Azkals in their friendly matches against Nepal on June 15 and Chinese Taipei on June 19 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

The PFF has also invited the following players for training camp and the friendlies this month:

Neil Etheridge

Patrick Deyto

Julian Schwarzer

Amani Aguinaldo

Jesper Nyholm

Carlie De Murga

Martin Steuble

Daisuke Sato

Santiago Rublico

Jesse Curran

Marco Casambre

Mike Ott

Manny Ott

Oskari Kekkonen

Sandro Reyes

Hikaru Minegishi

Dylan De Bruycker

Kevin Ingreso

Patrick Reichelt

OJ Porteria

Jared Peña

Chester Gio Pabualan

Andres Aldeguer

Kenshiro Daniels

Bienvenido Marañon

Jarvey Gayoso