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AJITPAL SINGH firstname.lastname@example.org 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.