Reaching third round is now the top priority of the Azkals after blazing through their first two games in the Joint Asian Cup ad World Cup qualifiers, according to the team’s manager Dan Palami.
“It’s a tall order for us to make the third round, especially with our group that includes some very strong teams,” said Palami.
The Azkals, who are now 2-0 in the standings, dispatched the higher-ranked Bahrain nationals, 2-1, and the Yemenis, 2-0, in their previous outings.
“The team got off to a good start with two wins and the performance was also very satisfying, so it’s really promising,” Palami said.
Palami added that he is pleased with the performance of the revamped Azkals, who has now adjusted to the new system of head coach Thomas Dooley.
“We are not only winning but playing good football as well. It’s a team that the country can be proud of, which is what I always wanted to form,” he said.
The Azkals will continue their campaign in the joint qualifiers on September 8 with a home match against Uzbekistan at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan.