By Jerome S. Galunan, Jr.
Following the 1-1 draw between the Philippine national football team, the Azkals, and Yemen earlier this week in the ongoing 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification round, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley gave credit to their opponents, particularly their offense.
“They have great speed and good technique,” he said. “They are better than some teams in the World Cup qualifiers.”
The two teams played to a 2-2 draw in their previous meeting, last month at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.
Yemeni forward Tawfiq Ali scored first with a goal in the 63rd minute, which was canceled out by Azkals striker Mike Ott in the 88th minute.
The two teams currently atop Group F remain in their same place after each earning a point, with the Philippines on top at eight points and Yemen in second with six points.
The Azkals next meet Nepal on November 14 at the Halchowk Stadium in Kathmandu. In their previous match, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium back in March, the Philippines won, 4-1.
“All our focus will be in closing the deal in Nepal,” Dooley noted./WDJ