The Philippine Azkals are clustered in a lighter band alongside Timor Leste, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Malaysia after the ceremonial draw of lots ahead of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
The Malaysians, the 2017 runners-up, are poised to make men’s football the greatest obstacle for the Azkals. Only the top two teams in each division will advance to the semi-finals.
Defending champion Thailand joined the Group A Bronze Medalists Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Brunei, and Singapore.
The Philippine Malditas, the country’s women’s football team, has joined Myanmar and Malaysia in Group A. It is a less punitive group than Group B, which has embraced Vietnam, silver medalist Thailand, and Indonesia.
In the meantime, the Philippine women’s volleyball team will play in a single round-robin format alongside Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Singapore. This is because only five teams have verified their inclusion in the competition.
Group B was chosen by the men’s team, where they will play defending silver medalist Indonesia, bronze medalist Vietnam and Cambodia. They avoided Group A, member of Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, and Timor Leste.
Badminton, underwater hockey, sepak takraw, and water polo also held their own rallying sessions at the 11-nation sports festival from 30 November to 11 December in New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac; Subic and Metro Manila.
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