2-goals win a must for Azkals; Pakistan a draw-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
IF IT takes God's intervention for the impossible to happen, the Azkals need one tonight.
The Fil-foreigners-flavored national squad is in as tight spot. To win the 2nd Philippine Football Peace Cup a 2-0 or 3-1 score is a must. A win by a goal, Chinese Taipei will probably forget that incident in Palawan. A draw the Pakistanis will somersault and exult.
It will take somebody wise like Coach Hans Michael Weiss to keep its 9 straight winning streak unspoiled in the region.
Game time against Pakistan is at 7 p.m. at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City and most likely and ironically, the natives of Taiwan will root for the Pakistanis
The 2-1 loss against Chinese Taipei on Friday put the host team at the bottom while Pakistan is on top with 3 points and +1 goal difference followed by the Taiwanese (3 points/0GD).
If the Philippines win on a goal margin, Chinese Taipei will capture the championship via head-to-head record. If the match ends on a draw, Pakistan wins the Peace Cup title.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, a FIFA Marketing and TV Committee member, has appealed to the people of Bacolod and Negros Occidental to show their support to the national team today.
In 2011, more than 20,000 spectators filled up the Panaad Stadium during the Philippines-Mongolia tiff for the Challenge Cup.
In the post-match press conference last Sunday, Pakistan head Coach Mohamed Shamlan said that he saw the Philippine Team as a strong squad and was surprised when it yielded to Chinese Taipei.
“I have been following the Philippine Team’s games in the past years. They have improved so much. They are a strong squad. They performed well against stronger teams like Kuwait, Bahrain, among the few. We are expecting a great game,” Shamlan added.
Coach Weiss said that after their disappointing loss to Chinese Taipei the team will do lots of adjustments for their match against Pakistan.
The Peace Cup signals the start of the Azkals' build up for the AFC Challenge Cup Maldives 2014 Finals which will be held in May next year.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 15, 2013.