Azkals drawn with Uzbekistan, Bahrain, North Korea and Yemen in World Cup qualifying
Team manager Dan Palami says the 'hard work begins' for the Azkals. Jaime Campos

THE Philippine men’s football team sees itself in an unpredictable, yet manageable group in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers starting this June.

The Azkals have been bracketed in Group H with Uzbekistan, Bahrain, North Korea, and Yemen after the draw held on Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur.

Uzbekistan is the top-ranked country in the group at 73rd, followed by 108th-ranked Bahrain, the 139th-ranked Philippines, 157th-ranked Korea, and 170th-ranked Yemen.

The Filipino booters recently lost to Bahrain, 2-1, in a friendly in Manama.

The top teams from each of the eight groups, as well as the four best second-placers advance to the second round and are likewise seeded in the AFC Asian Cup.

“The time for speculation is over, hard work begins,” team manager Dan Palami tweeted.

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