Bracketed with perennial heavyweights Greece, Argentina and Russia in Group C, the Philippines will be the underdogs in the Fiba Under-19 World Cup.
Gilas Youth coach Sandy Arespacochaga is expecting have his young squad at full strength a little over a week before it flies to Doha in preparation for the 2019 Fiba Under-19 World Cup.
After spending some time away from home, teen hoop sensation Kai Sotto is set to return in Manila to join Gilas Pilipinas Youth for the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup.
Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho embarrassingly slipped after presenting a symbolic face-off to a match in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) on Monday.
Ahead of the Asian Cup's opening game on Saturday, here are five well-travelled coaches looking to add to their list of honours:
Diego Maradona says he "loves" Lionel Messi and described as "false" comments attributed to him attacking his Argentine compatriot and Barcelona legend.
Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe told AFP on Thursday that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi remain football's greatest players but that his own World Cup heroics could help crown him the 2018 Ballon d'Or winner.
Germany's 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Saturday left them bottom of their Nations League group ahead of Tuesday's away match against world champions France.