Reality Check: Azkals blanked by Kuwait 0-3

24 07 2011
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Kuwait – The Philippine Men’s National Football Team lost to a higher-ranked Kuwait team 3-0 in the opening leg of their 2nd round pairing of the 2014 World Cup Qualifying tournament.

The Al-Azraq scored in the 16th minute via a Yousef Nasser header. Musaed Neda and Fahed Al-Ibrahim added goals in the 66th and 84th minutes to clinch the victory for the hosts. The first half was close with good scoring chances by Phil Younghusband and Angel Guirado.

In the second half, Kuwait was slow asserting its dominance and helped by the absence of Aly Borromeo and Stephan Shrock, Neil Etheridge was helpless in preventing the host country to score. The game would have been a lopsided rout though if not for goalkeeper Etheridge who made many point blank stops during the course of the game.

The next leg will be played in the  Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila on July 28. The Philippines would need to win 4-0 or 5-1 to move on to the next stage.

caloycomment: Well, the game is a learning experience for the Azkals. It is really tough to play against Asia’s best teams in their stadium.  It is time for the Philippines to give them the same treatment when they come here. The popularity of football rests on the shoulders of these brave men. I really hope they will overachieve in their next match. Go Azkals!!!


Azkals battles Sri Lanka Today

3 07 2011
Meet and Greet the Azkals Team

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The second leg of the World Cup Qualifier match between the national football teams of the Philippines and Sri Lanka will be held to day at the Rizal Stadium.  The first leg ended in a lucky 1-1 draw.  The winner of this match is set to face Kuwait in the next round.

Hundereds of tickets will be sold today via Ticketworld and spectators are advised to follow the guidelines on what items can they bring to watch match.  The security will be tight.

Here are some of the prohibited items:

  • Cigarettes and Lighters (Strictly No Smoking)
  • Video and Still Cameras (Only accredited media are allowed )
  • Laser Pen and Pointers (You know what can these do)
  • Weapons and sharp objects
  • Candles, Fireworks, or any Pyrotechnic
  • Glass Bottles, PET Bottles, Cans, and any hard plastic containers ( There is an area where you can buy food and drinks)

Complete guideline are in the Ticketworld Site.

Both teams are in high spirits and fans can expect a very competitive match.  The Azkals will finally show their stuff in the country’s capital.  Much is expected in them.  Good luck Azkals!!!!

Smart Gilas survives Kuwait in its Asiad debut

15 11 2010
Rajko Toroman.

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76-69.  The elimination match ended with that score in favor of the Philippines.  It was a not so impressive debut of the Smart Gilas Philippine Basketball team in the 16th Asian Games.  Kuwait was so supposed to be an easy prey for the national squad that was formed to make the Philippines qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.  The squad is even reinforced by PBA stars Kelly Williams, Asi Taulava, and Solomon Mercado.  Coach Rajko Toroman felt happy that they qualified in the main draw but recognized that the team still needs to work on their chemistry in order to go deep in this tournament.

With the victory, the team is now in Group F of the main draw bunched with Iran, Qatar, Japan, Chinese Taipei and the winner between Afghanistan and India.  The top 4 teams of the group will qualify to the quarterfinals.  The coach remains confident that the team will make it to the quarterfinals.

caloycomment:  It is good that they are in the main draw for a defeat would have caused a national outrage. In tournaments like this, a win is very important and the scoring margin does not really matter. I’d rather see this team eke out 1-point victories than blowouts because close matches develops a team way more than easy wins.  I expect that the form of this team will get better as the tournament progresses.