BY NIK AFIQ Follow on Twitter
After the two friendly matches against Myanmar were cancelled, Malaysia U22 are now set to face Philippines U22 on 8th of December as a replacement.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has confirmed that as part of the team’s preparation for SEA Games 2017, the Young Tigers will meet Philippines U22 in Manila on December 8th.
This would be the second time Frank Bernhardt’s men to face the same opponent this year and according to the German, his side still need to remain focus ahead of the clash.
Quoted from Astro Arena, Bernhardt said: “Our first game was against Philippines this year. However, we cannot underestimate them just because we beat them before.”
“We must keep our focus and if we play well, we might get even better results despite facing the same opponent once again.”
Bernhardt also hoping that the Philippines team would be a much stronger team compared to the team that they faced early this year.
“Philippines may not be as strong as Myanmar, but I must stressed that we have faced them earlier this year.”
“I hope there will be changes to the team from the previous game and they will give us a good fight,” added Bernhardt.
In their first encounter in March, Malaysia U22 beat Philippines U22 with the score 4-1 at Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium, Paroi.