Azkals 70 percent ready – Caligdong

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Misagh Bahadoran celebrates with fellow Azkals after the Philippines’ victory over Kyrgyzstan in a friendly match Wednesday evening at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. PHOTO BY DJ DIOSINA

Misagh Bahadoran celebrates with fellow Azkals after the Philippines’ victory over Kyrgyzstan in a friendly match Wednesday evening at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. PHOTO BY DJ DIOSINA

Thomas Dooley’s assistant coach Chieffy Caligdong said that the Philippine Azkals are now 70 percent ready for the Suzuki Cup next week.

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“We’re on 70 percent. To tell you the truth, we are at 70 percent on fitness but we told the players that we could add more by improving their attitude inside the pitch,” the former national team star said in Filipino after the Philippines’ victory over Kyrgyzstan in a friendly match Wednesday evening at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Misagh Bahadoran scored the lone goal of the game in the 65th minute securing the win for his team.

“It will be more than 101 percent if we have a positive attitude inside the field. If we fight and work hard during the games, the 70 percent can be 100 percent because of their efforts,” added Caligdong.

“It was a good result of our preparation for the Suzuki Cup. But I think we still need to improve on our discipline especially in our back four. The players will need to understand what position they need to be playing. They have to accept the challenge of playing the position that will be given to them,” Caligdong said.

Caligdong added that the team would work on minor issues including combination plays in their final training sessions.

“In our transition from defense to attacks, we are good and we are fast. We had many chances during the game. But we still need to be specific in our attacking,” he said.

The group stage of the 2016 Asean Football Federation will unfold at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan on November 19.

The Azkals will be facing Singapore in the opening day followed by bouts against Indonesia on November 22 and regional rivals Thailand on November 25.

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