06 December 2010


HANOI (6 Dec 2010) – The euphoria still lingers but as Simon McMenemy, the chief coach of the Philippines pointed out this afternoon at the pre-match Press Conference for the third match day of Group B of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010, the team’s main focus is on their next 45 minutes on the pitch - nothing else.

Philippines created the biggest upset at this year’s tournament thus far when they beat defending champions Vietnam 2-0 last night here in Hanoi to at once take the lead in Group B and win one spot in the semi-finals of the tournament this year.

But as McMemeny pointed out, he is not even thinking that far ahead where his focus will be on Myanmar, more specifically on the first half of the match which will be played at the Hien Truong Stadium in Nam Dinh in two days.

“I’ve been smiling for the last 12 hours as things like this does not happen very often. But my main focus at this time will be against Myanmar where I’m not even talking about the semi-finals or where we will play – that does not interest me at this point” said McMemeny, who celebrated his 33rd birthday today.

“It will be another torrid time against Myanmar as they gave Vietnam and Singapore a tough fight. For us, we just would like the players to give 100% and if they can do that, it would have justified all the work which they have put in the last two games.”

Added defender Rob Gier: “up until the kick-off last night, I was not feeling too well, I felt realy bad. But with the adrenaline from expecting the 40,000 screaming fans, it just pushed me forward. Even Phil (Younghusband) was not feeling too good. With the win over Vietnam, now we are preparing to face Myanmar next where the focus will surely be to finish at the top of the group.”

For Myanmar on the other hand, the two defeats they suffered has just put them out of the running for a place in the next round with chief coach Tin Myint Aung having the unenviable task of lifting the morale in the team.

“The morale of the team is not at a good place at this time,” quipped Myint Aung. “But we have to do everything possible to make sure that the team put up the best that they can and at least finish this group round on a respectable note.

“Philippines have improved a lot for sure and this can be seen in the last two games they played against Singapore and Vietnam. We have to seriously prepare for this match.”

8 Dec Myanmar vs Philippines (1930hrs at Hien Truong Stadium, Nam Dinh) / Vietnam vs Singapore (1930hrs at My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi)


1. PHILIPPINES 4pts (+2)

2. SINGAPORE 4pts (+1)

3. VIETNAM 3pt (+4)

4. MYANMAR 0pt (-7)



  1. The RP boys was fierce and played a balance match on both sides of the pitch.. I had no doubt that they can beat any opponent that stood infront of them as long as they believe in their ability and play with confidence... I really thought they were going to score more goals.. Keep it RP boys !! continue to make as proud !!

  2. Iam just so happy for the team and the Philippine football community that I cant think of what advise to give our boys. I should think we should not lose that swagger, that confidence that has brought us up to this point. We should continue to play smart and follow the game plan which could change against Myanmar as I feel it will be more open. Definitely, we should play patiently and control the game. Overall i think its not only the fighting spirit but the concentration. You could see how focused Gier, Jonsson and De Jong were. I think the entire team fed off each other..absolutely fantastic discipline and focus.

  3. I would like to see the team make the headlines again. They deserve these honors :)

  4. Vietnam coach is a low class poor guy who acted like a whimp when he did not shake hands of mac after the loss. Great job Philippines!!!

  5. An article from affsuzukicup.com says
    "We have no hope but we have to play until the end of the tournament...The Philippines team will be very difficult for us" - Myanmar coach
    Kinda makes you feel proud, doesn't it?

    And people like Greatwich, Gier, and Phil Younghusband deserve credit. They are better off with their foreign teams yet they play for their homeland despite feeling ill. Simple sacrifices like that bring honour to the fallen heroes of the past, to the Philippine nation, and to the world of sports.