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Malaysia Need Positive Result Against The Philippines - Ong
A positive result will boost the morale of the national squad who will face Yemen in the final 2015 Asian Cup qualifier in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) four days later.
"Our players must exhibit a more aggressive style of play," the temporary head coach told reporters after attending a team managers meeting at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya, here today.
He reminded the players not to underestimate the Philippines (Azkals) squad although Malaysia (Harimau Malaya) has an impressive record against them.
"The Philippines is ranked 127th in the world and had qualified for AFF Suzuki Cup semi-finals twice in a row. This team is not easy to beat," said Ong, who is also head coach of the Under 23 squad (Harimau Muda A).
The same sentiment is shared by skipper Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak who urged his teammates to give a fine performance in the match against the Philippines.
The Johor Darul Takzim defender said he and his teammates are starting to adapt to the new training methods applied by Ong.
Meanwhile, Philippines coach Thomas Dooley said the match against Malaysia is part of their preparation for the AFC Challenge Cup to be held in the Maldives in May.
Dooley said his players would give their best against Malaysia despite missing several key players who failed to get permission from their clubs.
"This is my first test since taking this job early this month. We only started training 10 days ago and hope my boys will get a good result," said Dooley who is also the former United States skipper.
The Philippines will be heading for the UAE to play in an international friendly match against Azerbaijan on March 5.
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