Team captain Phil Younghusband and the rest of the Azkala Filipino hopes to buy out of his latest AFF Suzuki Cup, which failed for the first time since 2006.
The Philippine Men's National Soccer Team kicks off the first of two very important tournaments as it begins its 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign against a visit to Singapore on Tuesday, November 13, in Panaad Park and the Bacolod Stadium.
This is the first major Azkals tournament to finish at the top of its group in the MS Tournament in the Asian Cup qualifying tournaments 2019 last March to win a place in the prestigious four-year tournament in January.
Since then, there have been a number of Azkals changes, including a pair of coaching changes that saw Terry Butcher's English football legend replace former Thomas Dooley just to move out of position two months later.
At the beginning of November, decorated club and coach of the national team Sven-Goran Eriksson was appointed as the new Azkals coach for at least another six months to call shots when the Philippine national team participates in the AFF Suzuki Cup and the AFC Asian Cup.
With the renewed sense of confidence resulting from their latest milestones and the injecting of fresh energy with the advent of such decorated Mentor in Eriksson, Azkalov hopes to experience deep run in the Biennial Southeast Asian Tournament.
Azkalove would also like to forget about their previous Suzuki Cup race in 2016, when they saw that they did not get the group stages in three tournaments for the first time.
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Again, it will not be a pity for Pinoy because they will find themselves again in the middle of the "Death Group" next to Thai, Asian and Indonesian footballers from Southeast Asia. Timor-Leste closes the rest of the cast in group B.
Kickoff time is at 20:00.