To focus on their training and execute the coaches’ instructions, possibly, with less distraction, were the things team manager Dan Palami hopes to see before the Philippine men’s football team, the Azkals, face the Mongolia squad for their AFC Challenge Cup qualifying series at the Panaad Park and Stadium on February 9.
In a press conference at Luxor Hotel in Bacolod City yesterday, Palami said that the team’s first practice in Talisay City went smoothly and they are looking into other options as far as the venue of their trainings is concerned.
The schedule of the practice is no secret, but we have to consider other options to preserve the condition of the pitches where we play, the Azkals’ team manager said.
Those who want to watch the practice are welcome, but the fans have to maintain their distance from the players so that the training will not be disrupted, Palami said.
Grateful for the warm welcome they received from the Negrenses, he said the Azkals are determined to play their best against Mongolia to make their fellow Filipinos proud.
With Palami during the press conference were Negrenses Eduard Sacapaño and Reymark Palmes and Ilonggos Emelio “Chippy” Caligdong, co-captain of the Azkals, and veteran Yanti Barsales.
Palmes said that while they haven’t seen Mongolia play, they are not underestimating their strength and the Azkals are in Bacolod to train on their attack, defense and transition play to achieve their goal which is to beat Mongolia.
On the inclusion of several Filipino-foreigners in the team, Caligdong said everyone gets along well and they respect each other.
“They are in the team because we need them. What is important is we win our games for the country,” Caligdong said.*NAB