MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals will be facing former titlists in Vietnam and Thailand when they begin their quest for the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup in November.
Vietnam won the Cup in the 2008 edition of the Cup when it beat Thailand with a 3-2 aggregate win in Hanoi.
Thailand, meanwhile, held the title in 1996, 2000 and 2002.
The Azkals gained instant popularity in the Philippines when they pulled off a 2-0 win over Vietnam in the 2010 Suzuki Cup.
The Philippines faced off with Thailand three years earlier and ended up losing the match, 0-4.
The Azkals were clustered together in Group A with Vietnam, Thailand and the winner of the qualifiers.