Azkals looking to carry momentum against Yemen
Santino Honasan on Jun 16, 2015 06:01 PM
Will Misagh Bahadoran provide the same spark against Yemen?
Less than a week removed from their 2-1 win over Bahrain last Thursday, the Azkals look to continue their hot start in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers as they face Yemen Tuesday evening at the Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
While Yemen is ranked way below the Azkals, they’re a team that should not be taken lightly.
Coming off a 1-0 loss to North Korea also last Thursday, the Yemeni squad will surely be looking to bounce back against the Filipino squad.
Momentum will be definitely on the side of the Azkals after upsetting the higher-ranked Bahrainis, to open their World Cup qualifiers campaign, however a few key pieces of the team won’t be available, as starting midfielder Stephan Schrock and mainstay Simone Rota will be out of action, both nursing knee injuries.
One of the team’s newest guns however, will finally get a chance to represent the Philippine colors, as 19-year old Fil-British recruit Luke Woodland will be available after getting clearance from FIFA. Woodland was declared ineligible for the Bahrain match after not being able to get clearance to represent the Philippines.
Notching another win will be big for the Azkals, as they can come away unbeaten in the first stretch of the World Cup qualifiers. After Tuesday’s matchup against Yemen, the next time that the Azkals see World Cup competition will be on the eighth of September back on home soild against a dangerous Uzbekistan squad.
Currently, North Korea sits at the top of Group H with two wins and six points, while the Azkals are in second with one win and three points. Uzbekistan, Bahrain, and Yemen all have one loss each.
Support our Philippine Azkals as they look for a second straight win when they take on Yemen on Tuesday, June 16. Catch the action LIVE, 11:45 pm on ABS-CBN Sports + Action channel 23!