The Philippines qualifying for their first-ever Asian Cup, boosts football in a country where boxing, basketball and billiards rule the sports scene.
Philippines, North Korea and Yemen earned the final three qualification places for next year's Asian Cup on Tuesday.
Malaysia and Singapore fell one spot each in the latest FIFA rankings to reach historical lows of 175th and 173rd respectively.
Tan Cheng Hoe says he's prepared for 'anything and everything' as coach as he tries to turn around a team who haven't won a match in more than a year.
Malaysia Under-23 boss Ong Kim Swee says he is confident of a bright future working with Tan Cheng Hoe, the new head coach of the senior team.
Malaysia head coach Nelo Vingada resigned on Wednesday following just seven winless months in charge, and six defeats in seven matches.