MANILA, Philippines – After two years of waiting, the men’s Philippine football team will finally be returning to the prestigious AFF Suzuki Cup, the tournament that catapulted the Azkals to national consciousness and sky-high popularity.
Southeast Asia’s version of the World Cup, which gathers the top 8 teams of the region, will kick off on Saturday, November 24. The Azkals are set to face off against the talented Thailand side at 9:20 pm Manila time that night, powerhouse Vietnam on Tuesday, November 27, and Myanmar on Friday, November 30.
Filipino fans, most of whom have backed the team following its historic 2010 Suzuki Cup performance when it made the semi-finals for the first time, are eager to watch the Azkals come back to the same tournament that started it all — especially because they know this squad is stronger than the one from two years past.
But perhaps a bigger question is: Are the Azkals ready for the challenge?
Azkals Denis Wolf, Demitrius Omphroy, Ed Sacapaño, Rob Gier and Chris Greatwich talk to Rappler about what lies ahead, why they believe they can win it all, and leaves a message to the fans. – Rappler.com