Coach’s mind on match at hand and not on spec­u­la­tions about his ca­reer

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AJITPAL SINGH ajit­pals­ World No 124 and are 37 rungs above Malaysia.

For the record, the Philip­pines’ only win over Malaysia since 1962 was the 1-0 suc­cess at the 1991 Manila Sea Games.

The last four meet­ings be­tween both na­tions have ended in draws with Malaysia last record­ing a win over their South­east Asian op­po­nent in 2007.

Striker Safee Sali said at the pre­match con­fer­ence in Manila yes­ter­day: “It will be a tough game. We are here rep­re­sent­ing Malaysia and we will take pride in our na­tional jer­sey, and give our ut­most best tomorrow. The tar­get is to beat the Philip­pines at all cost.

“The Philip­pines want a pos­i­tive re­sult ahead of the Asian Cup Qual­i­fy­ing match against Nepal (on March 28) but we have our goals too. We want to prove some­thing tomorrow.”

Doo­ley said the next 14 months will be cru­cial for Filipino foot­ball. “We must win all our matches in or­der to break into the top 100 Fifa rank­ing and also qual­ify for the Asian Cup.

“It has been a long time since we last beat Malaysia… of course we will try to end the drought tomorrow. How­ever, this friendly will only be used as a warm-up for our im­por­tant Asian Cup Qual­i­fier against Nepal.”

Both teams will miss one player each to­day. Malaysia cen­tre-back Fadhli Shas is down with an an­kle prob­lem while Span­ish-born Carlo De Murga of the Philip­pines has not re­cov­ered from a ham­string in­jury.

Malaysia will take on Philip­pines in a friendly match in Manila to­day.

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