Azkals win over Singapore give them more boost in their campaign for ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup. The Azkals advanced to the semifinals after defeating Myanmar.
Philippine national men’s football team star striker Phil Younghusband believes that the Azkals’ success against Singapore this year will give them an edge when they clash in the semifinals of the 2012 ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup.
The Azkals beat Singapore twice this year in friendly matches – a 2-0 triumph last September 7 in the city-state and a 1-0 victory last November 15 in Cebu.
“We’ve had good results against them and that gives us confidence,” Younghusband said in an AKTV interview. “We know how Singapore (plays).”
Younghusband also said that the Azkals playing their first home game in the country will also give them a boost.
“This time, we have a home game which should make a difference,” he said. “I think this time, we’re more prepared.”
When the Filipinos barged into the semifinals two years ago in the Suzuki Cup, they were forced to play their home match in Indonesia due to the lack of a suitable venue which passed the standards of the organizers. Indonesia won the series on aggregate, 2-0, to end the Azkals’ Cinderella run in that tournament.
The Azkals will face Singapore in a two-legged, home-and-away semifinals starting on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.