Philippines have decided to extend the contract of coach Scott Cooper in order to help the national team qualify for the 2023 Asian cup, while still maintaining the objective of reaching the World Cup in 2026. Cooper has been in charge of the national team of Philippines since 2018. Even though he was initially appointed an interim basis after the departure of Sven Goran Eriksson, Cooper has been able to make a major impact in multiple spells with the Azkals. Sven Goran Eriksson was in charge of the national team during the Asian cup 2019. After the conclusion of the tournament, Cooper returned to be in charge of the Azkals.
“When I first came here, I saw the massive potential of the Azkals. During this pandemic, we’ve been setting goals and putting plans in place to achieve those goals. I can honestly say that we can still get better and I am committed to lead this team as it continues to make its mark in Asian and world football,” said Cooper. Philippines have had a major resurgence in recent years and the national team are ranked 124th in the world.