MANILA, Philippines – Azkals coach Hans Michael Weiss is confident of their chances against Malaysia even without one of their mainstays, Fil-British goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.
“We have a bigger pool, where we can swap players and give others a chance,” said Weiss in Asean Football.
“We have a good team anyway. We will make the best of the situation and field in a good team.”
The Philippine Azkals are facing the Malayan Tigers in an anticipated friendly match on Friday at the Stadium Shah Alam in Selangor.
Etheridge, who was given a red card in the recent AFC Challenge Cup, is barred from participating in the FIFA friendly.
Taking over the goalkeeping duties is Roland Mueller.
Also missing the game in Malaysia are football siblings Phil and James Younghusband due to prior commitments.
But the team will be bolstered by Patrick Deyto, Stephan Schrock and Denis Wolf.
After the friendly against Malaysia, the Azkals will also take on Indonesia on June 5 and Guam on June 12.
The friendly games are part of the Philippine squad’s preparations for the AFF Suzuki Cup.
“This will be a good opportunity for the other players to step up as I expect the preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup will get even more intense in the next few months,” said Weiss.