Philippines Prepares for Tough Matches Against Iraq in FIFA WC 2026

Philippines Ready to Face Iraq in World Cup Qualifiers – Training Squad Announced

The Philippines national football team is gearing up for two crucial matches against Iraq in the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers. After a tough loss to Vietnam and a draw with Indonesia, the team is now third in Group F. Head coach Tom Saintfiet is aware of the challenges ahead, emphasizing the need to ‘steal some points’ in the upcoming fixtures.

Saintfiet acknowledged the strength of group leaders Iraq, who have a perfect record of six points from two matches. The Philippines will face Iraq away in Basra on 21 March before the return leg in Manila five days later. The coach emphasized the importance of professionalism and selecting the right mix of experienced and young players for the job.

The national team’s training squad includes notable names like Neil Etheridge, Kevin Ingreso, and Patrick Reichelt, representing clubs from England, the USA, and Malaysia, respectively. The squad boasts a blend of international experience and young talent, aiming to make an impact in the upcoming matches.

With a well-balanced group and a mix of seasoned veterans and promising newcomers, the Philippines are determined to turn their campaign around and make a statement against Iraq. The team’s preparations are in full swing as they seek to secure crucial points in their quest for World Cup qualification. Keep an eye on the Philippines as they strive to make their mark on the global football stage. #AFF #PFF

Meghnad Iyer

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