Friday, 11 February 2011

Azkals can beat Mongolia even without Etheridge

Posted by chardyboy on Friday, February 11, 2011 0 comments

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals are confident they can beat the Mongolians in their home turf even without goal keeper Neil Etheridge, who might not suit up for the second leg of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup.

“Judging by the Mongolian team, I don't think we'll miss Neil that much,” Phil Younghusband said. “The Mongolian team didn't have much shot on our goal… we can still win in Mongolia.”

Younghusband and Emilio “Chieffy” Caligdong visited ABS-CBN on Friday for an interview with TV Patrol. They were accompanied by Younghusband’s elder brother, James.

Younghusband said they have lots of players in reserve who can step up in the absence of Etheridge.

“We have a lot of good players on the bench, we have Eduard Sacapano, who can come in and replace Neil and can do just as good at the job,” he said.

The 6’3” Etheridge, who also plays as reserve goal keeper for Fulham Club, was able to rejoin the Azkals after the UK football club went on an “international break.”

He, however, would have to return to Fulham while his team mates continue their Challenge Cup qualifying duel with Mongolia in Ulan Bator on March 15.

Etheridge played along side the Azkals when they blasted the Mongolian Blue Wolves, 2-0, during their first encounter at the Panaad Stadium last Wednesday.

The Filipino booters are currently on a break before they begin practicing again for their next game.

“Pahinga muna kami,” said Caligdong. “Kasi pineprepare namin ‘yung practice namin sa Baguio.”

Caligdong said the cold climate of Baguio will help them prepare for Mongolia’s sub-zero temperatures.

“Para makaprepare kami sa klima ng Mongolia,” he said.


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