By Kristel Satumbaga
Philippine football team coach Michael Weiss sees the opening game against Vietnam as crucial in their bid to advance to the medal round of the SEA Games in Indonesia next month.
“Facing Vietnam in the opening match is a good sign for us. It will challenge us to play with the right strategies and inspire us to work harder in the next matches,” Weiss said.
The Philippines got a significant break when it was drawn in a relatively light bracket for the SEA Games football tournament.
“Maybe it looks like we have a lighter load compared to the teams in the other group, but we cannot ignore that we have Vietnam and Laos, a semifinalist in the previous edition, in our group,” the German coach said.
Aside from Vietnam and Laos, also in their group are 2007 SEAG silver medalist Myanmar, Timor Leste, Laos and Brunei.
The game against Vietnam is set Nov. 3. Next is Timor Leste on Nov. 7, Laos on Nov. 11, Myanmar on Nov. 13 and Brunei on November 15.
The top two squads in the group will advance to the semis on Nov. 19.
Weiss, however, was careful not to take Timor Leste and Laos for granted, saying they are also tough and dangerous.
Published in Manila Bulletin