Turkmenistan went to town on the Philippines with four goals in the second half to book their place in the eight-nation event.
own goal from Del Rosario Quimson got the Turkmen on their way after 26
Striker Berdy Shamuradov added a second nine minutes after the break
and Mekan Nasyrov made it 3-0 soon after.
Shamuradov grabbed his second and his
team’s fourth in the 63rd minute and substitute Didarklych Urazov completed the
rout two minutes later.
Turkmenistan coach Boris Grigoryants was pleased.
“We are happy that we won all the games and the players achieved the target.
Our players missed a lot of chances otherwise the difference could have been
much higher,” he said, according to the AFC website.
“We will be one of the toughest team in the AFC Challenge Cup next year and
will try to qualify for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.”
finished second in their group with a 5-0 thrashing of Bhutan with the help of
two goals from star striker Ali Ashfaq.
India and 2008 runners-up Tajikistan have already booked their berths along with
Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka and North Korea.
There are two more spots up for grabs.
location for the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup has yet to be decided.