Azkals still No.1 in Southeast Asia

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The Philippine Azkals remain the No.1 football team in Southeast Asia ahead of the Suzuki Cup be held at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan next month.

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Despite suffering two consecutive losses in international friendly games, the Philippines still moved one spot up in the standings, from No. 125 to No. 124.

Stephan Schrock of the Azkals (left) battles for the ball against So Hyon Uk of North Korea during an international friendly match at the Rizal  Memorial Stadium in Manila on October 10. PHOTO BY DJ DIOSINA

Stephan Schrock of the Azkals (left) battles for the ball against So Hyon Uk of North Korea during an international friendly match at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila on October 10. PHOTO BY DJ DIOSINA

The Azkals lost to Bahrain, 1-3, and North Korea, 1-3 in two goodwill games that the Philippines hosted recently

The Philippines will be playing one more tune-up match against Kyrgyzstan on November 9 before beginning its campaign in the preliminary round of the Suzuki Cup.

Meanwhile, defending regional champions Thailand is now No. 146, an 11-notch drop in the standings. Myanmar dropped to No.156 from No.153 and Malaysia to No.164 from No. 158.

Singapore got No.171, a 16-notch drop and the lowest rank they received so far. Singapore is now the cellar dweller among ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) sub-confederation squads.

Cambodia moved up to No. 167, following their three consecutive victories in the recently concluded Suzuki Cup qualification round.

Southeast Asian teams will begin their campaign in the group stage of the biennial international football tournament starting November 19.

The Philippines will be hosting Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand in Group A while Myanmar leads Group B with Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia.

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