Last month Thomas Dooley was appointed as the head coach of the Philippines national soccer team and the former USA captain is going to have some busy few months ahead of him as Philippines as to get ready for their Asia Challenge Cup matches which will be played on May.
Dooley and his team will face off against Afghanistan, Laos and Turkmenistan all of which will be played 2 days apart from each other. The 52 years old coach has experience in coaching teams as he already has taken up similar roles in his football career as he was appointed as the assistant coach in the match against Mexico which was back in August of 2011 as well as taking charge of FC Saarbrucken in 2002 and 2003.
All of those past experiences have given him confidence for his new challenges and even though he is not familiar with the Asian football scene, he has assured everyone that he will be ready to prepare his new squad for all of their big tournaments of this year.
Thomas Dooley revealed that he does not have much information about the opponents that Philippines has to face for their Asian Football Confederation Challenge but that he is going to do everything he can in order to prepare his side for whatever they might bring.
“I don’t know a lot of them. We’ll try to get information about them. We’ll call the people I know who know them to get information about them.” Dooley admitted.
The Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup plays an important role not only for Philippines but for all the teams participating in it because the winner will get a ticket which will allow them to play in the 2015 Asian Cup.