February 28, 2024

'Fight together': After Filipinas, Neil Etheridge seeks support for Azkals in FIFA World Cup qualifiers


The Philippine Azkals are set to make a shot at history as the FIFA World Cup qualifiers begin this month.

Inspired by the barrier-breaking achievements of the Filipinas, the Azkals target the country's first-ever appearance in the men's play of the FIFA World Cup.

That journey will begin against region giants Vietnam on November 16 and veteran goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has an appeal to fans as they play one of the most important tournaments in Azkals' history.

"I have been part of this team for 15 years now, seen the highs and the lows. I remember when Rizal was full and the atmosphere was electric. That really helps the players and can intimidate the other team," Etheridge explained the importance of thousands of fans supporting live.

The Birmingham City goalie also promised one thing.

"This team and this sports mean so much, bringing me amazing memories and I want our supporters to come on this journey and experience it with us. I promise that we will give everything to put smiles on our supporters' faces."

The Azkals last played Vietnam in December 2022 in a 1-0 loss, but the Philippine squad will have the advantage when they face each other again at home ground at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.