PH Azkals beats Turkmenistan 1-0

azkals_vs_turkmenistanAn intense, nerve rocking game but in the end it was a sweet victory for the Pinoy Football Team, Azkals. After dominating Cambodia in a lap sided win 8-0 last Sunday, PH Azkals again proved that we can be a dominant force in South East Asian football with today’s win against Turkmenistan.

After several yellow cards for Phil Younghusband and Rob Gier and the eventual red card for P. Younghusband which made him ejected from the game, the PH Azkals still managed to pull the win against the great Turkmenistan team for the very first time in their match history.

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Azkals placed 3rd in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup

After the controversies surrounding the sexual harassment issue between former POC Chairman Cristy Ramos-Jalasco and some members of the Philippine Football team, and the subsequent racist issue with broadcaster Arnold Clavio, the Philippine Azkals still managed to hold off and write another firsts in Philippine Football history.

Despite the last week’s hear-breaking loss to Turkmenistan (which could have made us into the finals), the Azkals bounced back and brought pride to LAHING KAYUMANGGI as they battled out and won the 3rd place in this year’s AFC Challenge Cup.

The Philippine Azkals defeated Palestinian Football Team in a score of 4-3 during today’s match in Nepal. Phil Younghusband led the win with his 2 goals (which earned for him the Golden Boot Award for being the highest scorer in this tournament having 6 goals). The other 2 goals meanwhile were contributed by the Guirado siblings Angel and Juani.

Azkals coach Michael Wiess is very happy with this achievement for the Philippine football and he hopes to continue the development.

Indeed it was a sweet victory which we all can be proud of. Finally, we have reached another milestone in the field of football. And I hope this will continue to raise awareness of the sport and possibly make our country be known more into the world of football.

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“Every victory should be celebrated especially if the name of the country is at stake”

Shake and Shout

For the past weeks and months, we have witnessed how the earth moved and shaked our minds. We were moved and touched by the tragedy that strucked those countries affected by the calamity. Dito sa Pinas, we have also experienced some magnitude 7.0 quake last Wednesday traced from Lubang Island in Mindoro. And last night another earthquake was recorded, this time in Myanmar and Northern Thailand registering intensity 7.0.

To many Pinoy’s concern, that was the night before the crucial game of the Philippine Football Team ASKALS. Marami ang nabahala sa kalagayan nila at marami ang nangamba na baka may mangyaring masama knowing they are in Myanmar that time and will be playing the next day. But news reports came that they are all in good condition and that Pinoy “FUTBOL” fans should not worry. In fact, the team attributed the quake as a sign of a big win the next day.

True enough, the sign was immortalized, as the AZKALS created another huge quake of celebration for winning the game against the Bangladesh Bengal Tigers today in Myanmar’s Aung San Stadium. The team came in fighting form as it’s a do or die game for them. They cannot afford a loose or even a draw, they badly need to win to qualify to the AFC Challenge Cup 2012 game proper. With the offensive game plan slated by the able German Coach Weiss, AZKALS go for the attack early on, giving a hard time for the Bengals to attempt at the goal. The roar came in 41st minute of the game when Ian Araneta scored a goal to give the team a 1-0 lead. Pinoys over twitter shouted and celebrated because its a clear indication sa pagpasok naten sa main tournament ng AFC Challenge Cup, we need to goal and ayun na pinagbigyan tayo ng 1 goal.The first half ended with the AZKALS leading 1 goal over the opponent.

At the start of the 2nd half, the team continued to dominate the game, clearing every opportunity for the Bengals, and on the 54th minute, muling niyanig ng AZKALS ang stadium sa goal ni Angel Aldeguer Girado (who said he cannot fill in the shoe of the injured Phil Younghusband). Pinoy crowds (over the stadium and twitter) again celebrated as the team continues to seal a slot for the main challenge cup. Sa puntong yun, tanaw na tanaw na talaga ang pagkapanalo ng team pero hindi pa rin sila nagpabaya and again on the 80th minute Aldeguer-Girado scored another goal to give the team a much safer lead of 3-0. And that score remained until the game ends and the AZKALS were proclaimed as the winners which indicates a slot on the AFC challenge cup main tournament in 2012.

Philippine FUTBOL has really come of age. It became another source of national sports pride for the country. Bringing inspiration to a country who gets a lot of inspiration from celebrities and sports heroes. They have proven that with Pinoy’s, given the teamwork and great faith everything will be possible. That we can dominate every game provided we work as one team, aiming for the same goal of bringing honor to our country. Sana’y hindi lang ito isang hype or fad na after several instances ay lilipas. Sana’y magpatuloy ang suporta ng lahat hindi lamang sa football ngunit sa lahat ng sport kung saan ang ating mga atleta ay nakikipaglaban para sa karangalan ng ating bayan.Isa rin itong pagmumulat sa ating pamahalaan na sana’y magbigay ng tamang suporta mga atletang lumalaban na dala ang pangalan ng ating bayan. Proper support from the proper government agencies are badly needed by these athletes. Although there are generous private sponsors who are helping these teams, the government should not forget they responsibilities in promoting and supporting sports in the country.

To the AZKALS, thank you for the great job, you made us Pinoy’s proud. To my fellow AZKALEROS and fellow Pinoy sports fan, let us congratulate ourselves for the great support we have given, We are all part of the game and we also won like them. See you on the next games.

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“When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes areality.” – Joe Paterno

*Credits to the owners of the photos courtesy of ABS-CBNnews.com, Yahoo Sports and Philstar.com

A Week of Mixed Emotions

The Mourning

This week started as an ordinary week for everyone. In the world of politics the same is happening with the ongoing investigation of the House of Representative and the Senate on the AFP corruption allegations on the merits of alleged bogus plea bargaining agreement of Gen. Carlos Garcia. Although there are new exposes and evidences coming up and new names implicated, it was not until tuesday Feb 8,2011 that the country was again shocked by a big news. Yes it was the 51st birthday of the president but the shocking news isn’t about him but the one allegedly involved in the corruption in AFP, the former AFP Chief of staff and DND Sec. Angelo Reyes who was found lying and blooded on his mother’s grave in Loyola Memorial Park Marikina. Official reports confirmed that the late general committed suicide by a gun shot on his chest damaging his heart.

The suicide incident followed amidst the ongoing senate and house of representative investigations on the alleged corruption in the AFP which implicates Angie Reyes as one who benefited from such. People close to him are implying the the investigation caused him so much shame and humiliation that led to him taking his own life. One of his close friends Rex Robles said he was able to talk to the former Sec during the course of the Senate investigation and told the he is very down and depressed at how the investigation went thru. He felt he was being singled out and that it was intended to character assasinate him. But the more damaging is his fear that his family will soon get involved.
Up to now the family and his close allies are still puzzling what really transpired that led to his suicide, because they knew the him as strong person and would not easily resort to being suicidal. Angelo Reyes will be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and expected to be given the 19-gun salute as honor for his being former AFP chief and Sec.of Nationa Defense.

The Celebration

Just 2 days after the death of Angelo Reyes the gloomy news in the country was transformed into a festive and celebrating mood for the Pinoy everywhere. This is because the rising sports favorite Azkals won over the Mongolian team. Panaad Stadium in Bacolod is jam packed as Filipino Futbol fans cheered for our very own Azkals. With the inception of new coach Hans Micheal Weiss, the team is expected to be more on offensive attacks and continuing to solidify its defense.

The fans were not dismayed as the team played good ball on the field. on the 42nd minute of the game, the crowd went wild as the Azkals got their first goal courtesy of #13 Chieffy Caligdong. Fans over at Panaad and everyone watching on television celebrated the goal that went so precise under the legs of the Mongolian goalie. First half ended with 1-0 score in favor of the Azkals.

At the 2nd half, PH team’s defense continue to dominate the Mongols as they’ve got only 2 goal attempts compared to our team’s 8 goal attempts (2 successful). On the 61st minute of the game another goal could have been marked for the Azkals courtesy of James Younghusband but the referee waive it due to hand ball violation. But on the 93th minute seconds away from the final buzzer, Panaad goes screaming again as the crowd and fan favorite Phil Younghusband scored the 2nd goal for the team. This sealed in the Azkals win over the Mongolian team for the 1st leg of the pre-qualifying games of the AFC Challenge Cup. Panaad Stadium was highlighted by the fireworks display after the game and victory celebration was expected to came after in Barotac Nuevo, Bacolod to celebrate the team’s win. Next stop for the Azkals is their game in Mongolia, hope they will win again in this next game.

This week is really a roller coaster of emotions but as they always say we Pinoys are very resilient, we can adopt to anything that come our way, may it be sad news or good news. Like this week’s events, at the onset we were shocked and saddened by the news of the death of Angie Reyes, thereafter we were brought to high elation and festive mood by the victory of the Azkals.

It was really an emotionally charged week for our country, but the more important thing is, we should not forget that no matter how bad the news that is bannering in our eyes there will always be good news that will flatter our hearts and mind.

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“Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day” – Author Unknown