Philippines were able to get a hard-earned 1-1 draw with Oman in a recent friendly match. After having been regularly considered as the whipping boys, it was a major result for Philippines as a whole. The result can also have greater implications for the nation in the upcoming group stages of the AFC Champions Cup. Philippines have lost only once in the last five games across all competitions and they head into the opening game against Singapore in a positive frame of mind. Despite being one of the oldest football Association’s in Asia after being founded in 1907, Philippines have not been able to make much of an impact in the Asian football.
The recent revamp of the national team has helped them make a comeback over the last few decades. The competitiveness has returned within Philippines and they were able to make it to the semifinals of the 2014 and 2012 AFF Championship titles. Now, it is time for the Philippines national team to transform this semi-final appearance in two success. Asian cup qualification has been a bit step for the national team as they were able to secure a comeback win over Tajikistan.