MANILA, Philippines – With their backs against the wall, the Myanmar White Angels have no choice but to go all-out for win against the Philippine Azkals to boost their chances of reaching the Suzuki Cup semifinal stage.
After a 4-0 beatdown at the hands of Thailand, the White Angels are desperate for a win as they occupy the last two places in the group standings together with Vietnam.
Only the top 2 teams after the group stage matches will advance to the semifinal round.
To join the top 2, Myanmar will have to go past the Philippine Azkals on Friday.
“We have to play very hard. We have no choice as we have to win,” Tin Myint Aung, Myanmar assistant coach, said in Asean Football.
Myanmar opened their Suzuki Cup campaign with a 1-1 standoff with Vietnam.
However, nothing prepared them for host Thailand.
Myint Aung said they are working hard to motivate the team after the devastating defeat to the Thais.
“Certainly, we did not expect such a big loss [to Thailand]. But we told the players that when you lose concentration, you will lose for sure," he said.
Myint Aung said the Azkals are a strong team, which is why they expect a tough game on Friday.
“Philippines are physically stronger and their playing style is different. They have made a lot of improvements in the last two years,” he said. “Our players will have to work harder against a difficult opponent.”
“But we will prepare something for the Philippines… We need the result, we have no choice.”