Philippines forward Mark Hartmann is confident ahead of World Cup/Asian Cup joint qualifiers, insisting that his team can perform well.
Drawn into Group H, the Azkals will compete with Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Yemen, and North Korea to advance to the third round of World Cup qualifying.
Although many have already labelled it the ‘Group of Death’, Hartmann isn’t fazed.
“Our opponents are tough teams, but then you look at the other groups. Every group has two or three hard teams out there,” the 23-year-old said.
“Every year the Azkals get better and better, hopefully this time around we can proceed to the next round.”
The England-born footballer will participate in his first World Cup qualifiers under Philippines flag if selected into the Thomas Dooley’s squad, after previously taking in last year’s AFF Suzuki Cup.
“It’s going to be a first for me,” he added. “If I get my chance, of course I’m going to take it.”