“The thing is Thailand isn’t really keen on playing on artificial pitch. Maybe that’s a good thing for us,” he said. “Some of the players of our team play on that turf for the most time of the year, so maybe the littlest of the advantage we can get is good for us.”
Palami said he prefers the match to be played at the newly built Philippine Stadium, but the short one-week preparation doomed the chances of having it there.
“Personally, I would like to play in a 25,000-seater stadium with 25,000 people in attendance,” he said. “But with all the logistical requirements of a home game, with all the permits we have to get, we have to settle for Rizal for now.
“Hopefully when we get to the finals, we could talk about the Philippine Stadium.”
Palami is also hoping for a strong home crowd, encouraging fans to wear white in support of the Azkals.
“One of the not so small factor will be the crowd support, so we really invite all… Fan or not, if you’re a Filipino, you should support our national team. Be there in Rizal, wear white, and show the Filipino fans can also be a factor,” he said.