Philippines squad are determined to grab full points at home in their upcoming 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers match against Yemen.
The Azkals will face the West Asian side at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on November 12 in a home outing they hope to hurdle to try to stay alive in the qualifying campaign.
“We always look forward to playing in Manila,” said veteran defender Rob Gier was quoted by Philstar.
Thomas Dooley’s men have endured a challenging two-game assignment, where they held North Korea to a goalless draw in Pyongyang and lost 2-0 against Bahrain in Manama last month.
Those results led Philippines blew a chance to take second spot of Group H, which they are currently on third spot with seven points behind North Korea and Uzbekistan.
“We got to deal with this result and face the near impossible task of trying to get nine points in our last three games to get ourselves a chance to earn a berth to the third round of the qualifiers,” said team manager Dan Palami.
Meanwhile, in a preparation for the game against Yemen, the Azkals’ management has set a nine-day training camp beginning on Tuesday, but they will miss skipper Phil Younghusband and young defender Luke Woodland.
Phil Younghusband will serve a suspension for picking up yellow cards against Uzbekistan and Bahrain while Woodland has been granted permission to stay with his new club in England, Chester FC, for the international break.