Azkals land in tough Group F with Tajikistan, Yemen, Nepal in AFC Asian Cup qualifiers
Phil Younghusband and the Azkals face a tough road ahead in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Jaime Campos

THE Philippine men’s football team face familiar but tough foes standing in its way before reaching the same class as the Asian powerhouses.

The Azkals have been bracketed in Group F with Tajikistan, Yemen, and Nepal for their Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup qualifying campaign.

After getting eliminated from 2018 World Cup contention last year, the Azkals are setting their sights on the next best thing: the 2019 edition of the top-tier competition in Asia to be held in United Arab Emirates.

And the Filipino booters are up against three dangerous foes, determined after the draw on Monday night in Abu Dhabi. The Top Two teams advance to the 12-team Asian Cup

The Philippines has suffered shutout losses in its last three matches against Nepal, settled for draws in its two meetings against Tajikistan, and split its last two outings against Yemen.

The Filipino booters face each opponent twice, one at home and the other away. Their first match is on March 28 against Nepal at home, before playing a road match against Tajikistan in June. 

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