The Azkals will face the Blue Wolves in the next leg of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup in Mongolia on March 15. “We head straight to Mongolia on the 13th but we’re training every day now so were very prepared and we’re confident we will win the game,” shares Phil Younghusband.
The 23-year-old striker said any talks about basing the outcome of their game on weather is just pure speculation. “I think they’re exaggerating. The cold is easy to play in if you’re running around. I feel more sorry for those who are watching the game because when you’re sitting down and not moving, then you get cold. But when you’re playing and running around it’s actually easy to do,” he shared. Phil said this is not a big factor even for his local teammates who are only used to playing in tropical weather.
The Azkals have also adapted to their new playing conditions with a modified uniform which will be beneficial for them in Ulan Bator, where the temperature this month has been said to drop to as low as -2 and -15 degrees Celsius. The team will also be equipped with thermal wear, gloves, scarves, and headgear to protect them from the cold, on and off the field
Phil also said the Azkals remain confident despite the absence of some overseas players including starting goalkeeper Neil Etheridge. Phil also has high hopes that the Azkals will perform well this year in order to have a good chance at the World Cup Qualifiers in June. (by Rhea Manila Santos) Read Full Story