Tuesday, November 14, 2017
MANILA – Despite winning their first encounter, Philippine Azkals remained wary of Nepal leading to their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifier face-off in Kathmandu tonight.
The Nepalese will be a tough nut to crack, especially when they play before their fans at the Anfa Complex, Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley said.
“This team (Nepal) can surprise you. They are not consistent but they have moments of brilliance. And if we are not focused and [do not] make easy arrows, then we will have problems,” said Dooley.
“We need to work hard, avoid mistakes and be 100-percent focused,” he added. “We know that they will play different, especially when they are in front of their fans.”
Just like in its match against Yemen last month, Azkals will have two new players in its roster, including Ceres Negros Football Club newcomer Joshua Dutosme of Bacolod City.
“He played some games with Ceres FC in the Philippines Football League and I want to see his potential,” Dooley said of the former University of St. La Salle-Bacolod midfielder.
Azkals was currently on top of its group with 8 points on two wins and two draws.
A victory against Nepal will assure the Philippine team of a slot in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
If Azkals goes all the way to the top two in the group, it will advance to the next round of the AFC Asian Cup in Jordan./PN