All For The Win
Both coaches says their respective teams are all aiming for the win. Yemen Head Coach Abrham Mebratu Gebreslassie they have difficulties in travelling and getting to the Philippines but have already forgotten these things as they focus to win in Bacolod’s game. Azkals Head Coach Thomas Dooley says they are playing in from of the home crowd, knows his players very well and is off to give it their all to beat the visiting team.
BOTH TEAMS GOES FOR THE WIN - Azkals playing Yemen today.* (Owen Segovia Bayog/NDB photo)
In the pre-match pressconfab, Dooley says that they have an important game ahead of them and nothing beats a home crowd willing to cheer on as they have done through the years when the Azkals play at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium. The Philippine Azkals led by their team Captain Phil Younghusband says the team preparations gone well and is focused on their goal to win against Yemen today in front of the home crowd.
Coach Dooley says they have to deal with several injuries while they are at the preparation stages, some players having more games have are on the injured list; Azkals Striker Javier Patino, Amani Aguinaldo while defender, Daisuke Sato serve a 1 game ban due to yellow cards accumulated from the previous games. The must win game today for the AFC third round qualifiers is on the line while Dooley has to dig in deeper from his bench to fill the line-up.
Goal Keeper Neil Etheridge is back with the team while Phil and James Younghusband, Manny Ott, Misagh Bahadoran and Iain Ramsay will likely to lead the Azkals in their quest for the qualifiers.* (OSBayog)