Former US International Dooley named new Azkals head coach

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National football team has just named a new coach.

Announced on its official Twitter account, the Azkals will now be headed by former US international and captain Thomas Dooley.

Official: Former US international and captain Thomas Dooley has been selected to be the new Azkals head coach. — Azkals (@PHI_Azkals) January 31, 2014

The Azkals are in the middle of preparations for the AFC Challenge Cup that will kick off on May 19, 2014.

Azkals manager Dan Palami tweeted that it was tough choosing the next head coach but is confident with Dooley's selection.

Very tough selection process, but quite confident that the selection of Thomas Dooley as Azkals coach will bring the team to another level — dan stephen palami (@dscpalami) January 31, 2014

Dooley will replace German Hans Michael Weiss who steered the team to 21 wins, 12 draws, and 13 losses since taking the driver's seat back in 2011. Some of his notable achievements was piloting the team to a third place finish at the AFC Challenge Cup in 2012 and winning the Philippine Peace Cup title back-to-back (2012, 2013)

Under Weiss, the Azkals also steadily climbed the FIFA rankings and now sit at 123 making the Philippines the highest ranked Southeast Asian Country. – Rappler.com