Dooley does not let distractions get the best of Azkals ahead of Fiji friendly

Dooley does not let distractions get the best of Azkals ahead of Fiji friendly

For Thomas Dooley, he wants his Azkals enjoy their friendly with Fiji, knowing that their ACQ v Tajikistan is going to be a hard battle. file
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA -- Philippines coach Thomas Dooley prefers to veer away from the off-pitch disturbances as he gets his team to sharpen up ahead of the tough fixtures in the month of March.

For the World Cup veteran, he knows that he has to make most of the tail-end of his two-year extension, beginning on Thursday night's friendly with Fiji that will serve as a prequel to the most important tiff on Tuesday in their final Asian Cup Qualifier against Tajikistan.

"I would like to thank Fiji for helping us out," he said during Wednesday's pre-match conference for the team's first home friendly exactly a year since they eked out a goalless stalemate against ASEAN neighbors Malaysia.

Despite entering the year on a back of three straight stalemates last year, Dooley wants his wards to let loose this time, considering the squad that he has for the tiff.

"The most important thing that I want to see is the players having fun," he reiterated, as he will field an experimental side with goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard the notable newcomer.

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