AZKALS James Younghusband and Chris Greatwich have vowed to do whatever it takes to win the crown in the upcoming Peace Cup and Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup late this year after finishing second in the AFC Challenge Cup last week. Despite their 0-1 defeat against Palestine, the Azkals made history by making it to the finals of the tourney where they finished third two years ago in Nepal.
“There’s no other option for us but to go up and win those two titles [Peace Cup and AFF Suzuki Cup],” said James Younghusband, whose team won 1-0 over the squad of his younger brother Phil in the Clear Football Dream match over the weekend at the University of Makati.
“We just need to stay together and train together. I’m confident we’re going to improve more this year,” James Younghusband told The Manila Times.
James Younghusband also said that his younger brother is well after being brought to a hospital because of a violent collision during the game, “He [Phil] is okay now and ready for training,” said James.
Greatwich, who scored the winning goal for the Azkals against host Maldives that put the Philippines in the finals of the AFC Challenge Cup, believes that the future is bright for Philippine football.
“That’s how we see. We have a bright future after we played in the Challenge Cup finals,” said Greatwich.
“We will now aim for the title this time and we’re all confident that we can make it.”
The Azkals are eyeing to hold a training camp in the United States in August in preparation for the upcoming Peace Cup in Manila in that same month and the Suzuki Cup in November.