Congratulating the Azkals
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
As the country basks in the euphoria generated by the Philippine National Football Team's masterful 2-0 victory over the visiting Mongolians at our very own Panaad Stadium last night, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the team known as the Azkals once again.
Another win in the international arena, this time in an Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup match, proves to their countrymen and to the football world that the Azkal's improbable Cinderella run in last December's ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup was no fluke and that Filipino football is here to finally make it's long overdue mark in the highly competitive football world.
A win by a Filipino team in the international arena is a rare occasion for the people of this country who have been so used to disappointment and frustration when it comes to sports. A win by the Azkals not only lifts up our spirits, it also gives hope to athletes and sportsmen all over the country because if a team playing a second class sport, even aptly named after the "asong kalye (street mongrels)" because of the difficulties they have encountered can still manage to do what they have just done, then anything is possible for the immensely talented yet poorly funded and supported Filipino athlete.
We thank the Azkals for reminding us of what can be possible if we put our hearts and souls into something we love. The Azkals loved football enough to ignore the difficulties and continue to focus on their collective goal of continuously improving and elevating their game to become truly competitive on the international level. Because this kind of inspiration does not come often, we are truly thankful.
Again, we congratulate the Azkals and wish them the best of luck in promoting their advocacy, and in their future matches.*