New Azkals coach says PH team has a lot of potential

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 30) — Scott Cooper is optimistic with what he sees in the Philippine Azkals.

The national squad's coach said the team has the right tools to become a global football power only if they are developed properly.

"I've always admired the Filipino players. It's a team that's got a lot of potential and opportunity to go a step or two further if the right steps are produced," Cooper told CNN Philippines Sports Desk.

He added that he is already familiar with some of the players after seeing them play in a few tournaments.

"I've seen many of them play live and I've done a lot of research on the rest of them."

The veteran Irish coach started his career in 2000 with English football team Chester City and has traveled across the world to hone his skills at the sideline.

Asked what he will bring to the table, Cooper said he will instill strategies that he thinks will fit the team.

"Possession-based football, some high pressing, and set piece orientation."

The Philippines will begin to train next month for the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup happening on November and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup slated on January in United Arab Emirates.