Azkals in Group H of 2018 World Cup qualifiers
MANILA, Philippines – The road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has already begun for the Philippine football team as the Azkals are designated to play in Group H of the competition's preliminary qualification round that will kick off in two months.
The Philippines will face countries such as Uzbekistan, Bahrain, DPR Korea and Yemen in the aforementioned bracket.
Meanwhile, Group A consists of UAE, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, East Timor and Malaysia.
Group B will parade nations like Australia, Jordan, Tajikistan, Krygzstan and Bangladesh, while Group C has China, Qatar, Maldives, Bhutan and Hong Kong.
On the other hand, Iran, Oman, India, Turkmenistan and Guam make up of Group D.
Japan, Syria, Afghanistan, Singapore and Cambodia are in Group E, while Group F will pit the national soccer squads such as Iraq, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Chinese Taipei.
Lastly, Group G has Korea Republic, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar and Laos.
The groupings were publicly revealed at the official draw, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday, April 14.
The qualifiers will implement a home-and-away round robin format that is set to see each team play eight games from June 11 to March 29, 2016.
In addition, the top 12 squads will advance to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers. – Rappler.com