Malaysian national head coach K. Rajagobal believes the Philippine national football team will improve on its third-place finish in 2010 when it sees action in the Asean Football Federation Cup in November.
“I believe they will be stronger than their 2010 squad in the AFF Cup. They are a different team with better players,” Rajagobal told the New Strait Times. “The Philippines have several foreign-based players plying their trade in Germany, the Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, England and the United States.”
2010 champion Malaysia will face the Philippines in a friendly on Friday at the Shah Alam Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
The two sides met in a friendly in March, with the Malaysians scoring a late goal to force a 1-1 draw.
Rajagobal said the team will field its best players for the friendly. The Azkals, on the other hand will be missing three stars. Phil and James Younghusband have prior commitments while goalkeeper Neil Etheridge will be serving the one-match suspension he received during the AFC Challenge Cup.
“It will not be an easy match. We need to play well to beat them as a good result will boost our confidence for the AFF Cup,” Rajagobal said.