Azkals face Malaysia in June rematch
MANILA, Philippines – The Azkals are again set for another tussle with Malaysia after the Philippines accepted an invitation for another friendly match on June 1.
“Malaysia has invited us to play a friendly in Kuala Lumpur on 1 June and more or less, we’ll go there,” said Philippine Football Federation (PFF) President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta in Asean Football.
“I’ve had initial talks with Dan [Palami, the Azkals team manager] and he’s okay with this,” said Araneta.
The Azkals nearly pulled off an upset against Malaysia in their friendly game held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium last February.
The Philippine squad had a 1-0 advantage against Malaysia after Filipino-German striker Denis Wolf scored on a diving header in the first half.
But the Malaysians, the reigning AFF Suzuki Cup champions, pulled off a miracle when Ahmad Shakir Mohd Ali scored an equalizer a minute into injury time.