KUALA LUMPUR – The Philippine men’s and women’s teams bowed to superior foes to kiss their medal chances goodbye in the football tournament of the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
First to go down were the National Under-22 booters, who absorbed a 0-2 loss from defending champion Thailand on Tuesday for their third straight defeat against a win in Group B at the MP Selayang Stadium.
The charges of coach Marlon Maro try to end the campaign on a winning note as they face winless Timor Leste at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the UM Arena.
Meanwhile, the Malditas suffered a 0-6 loss to Myanmar at the Shah Alam Stadium.
Sporting a 1-2 win-loss record, the Filipina footballers end their stint as they face the defending champion Thais at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Both squads showed slight improvement from their past SEA Games performances, with the National Under-22 squad surpassing its predecessor, which lost all of its four games in Singapore two years ago.
The Malditas were winless in two matches the last time they saw action in the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games.