Asian Football Confederation's Challenge Cup qualifier against Mongolia. Sabio also spent time training with the Azkals in the summer of 2009 before being called up for the February 9th match.
The Philippines National Team, nicknamed the Azkals (or Streetdogs), are currently ranked 153rd in the FIFA rankings and are under new coach Michael Weiss. The Azkals are trying to build on their recent success in last month's AFF Suzuki Cup where they beat the defending champions Vietnam. That shock result led to a semifinal finish and resulted in the Azkals' highest ever FIFA ranking of 150. Wiess is looking to continue the success by exploring all player options and calling in many foreign based players of Filipino decent, including Sabio.