Azkals brace for tight duel with Vietnam in WC Asian Qualifiers


Match Thursday(Rizal Memorial Stadium)7 p.m. — Philippines vs Vietnam

FOUR months after the Filipinas’ historic feat in the global stage, the Philippine Azkals begin their journey to a targeted spot in the FIFA World Cup (WC).

The Pinoy booters take the first step as they open their campaign in Round 2 of the WC Asian Qualifiers tonight against Vietnam at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Ranged against a familiar regional rival at 7 p.m., the Azkals hope to make full use of home field advantage, especially crowd support, as they eye a winning start in Group F of the qualifiers.

Coach Michael Weiss, who returned June, assembled a team with a mix of experience and youth led by skipper Neil Etheridge for the curtain-raiser against the Vietnamese and the succeeding home game against Indonesia on Tuesday.

“This is now the D-Day for us as far as (getting) the results are concerned from these two games,” said Mr. Weiss in yesterday’s (Nov. 15) pre-match pressconference.

“We are lucky to have Vietnam and Indonesia here at home and we want to spring big surprises on our Southeast Asian neighbors,” he added.

The Philippine Football Federation has organized a campaign to bring in 10,000 supporters to rally the Azkals on.

“This is a very important game for us and it will give us home advantage if we have a big crowd on our side,” said Mr. Etheridge who hopes to recreate the electric atmosphere at a packed Rizal during the good old days in the 2010s.

The 12th man is very much needed as the Azkals brace for a tight duel with the Golden Star Warriors.

“Vietnam is going to this game as the heavy favorite. But they will have a very hard time. And if they want to beat us they really invest in everything. That’s what I can promise, that is what me and Neil demand from the team,” said Mr. Weiss. — Olmin Leyba


Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Most Popular

Your daily news source covering investing ideas, market stocks, business, retirement tips from Wall St. to Silicon Valley.

Disclaimer:, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice.
The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2021 TheProficientInvestor. All Rights Reserved.

To Top