In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Younghusband said he is excited that Locsin will be at the Rizal Memorial Stadium to show support for him and the rest of his team.
“Yeah, she’ll be there. Binigay ko sa kanya ‘yung Mongolia jersey ko. I’m happy [that] Angel is coming,” he said.
Aside from Locsin, family, friends and loved ones of the Azkals players will be watching the game on Sunday.
“I gave my tickets to my cousins. Family friends from New York are also coming,” said Fil-Am Nate Burkey, the player who scored the Azkals’ away goal last Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, on the other hand, said, “My parents are flying in all the way from England. This game will be for my granddad who passed away a few weeks ago.”
As for James Younghusband, he said his girlfriend and her family will also watch the Azkals as they play against Sri Lanka.
“Yeah definitely I got her [girlfriend] and her family tickets. She said she might even wear face paint, she’s really passionate,” he said.
Meanwhile, other Azkals players vowed to do better as they face the Sri Lankan Brave Reds for the second leg of their FIFA World Cup qualifier, capitalizing on their home advantage.
Sri Lanka held the Philippine football team to a 1-1 draw last Wednesday.
Team Captain Aly Borromeo, for his part, said, “Fans will see us very aggressive in our game. We’re going to make sure to score a few goals.”
“‘Yung mas importante dito, hindi lang ‘yung laban kontra Sri Lanka. Para rin ito sa susunod, Kuwait,” said co-captain Chieffy Caligdong