Little Azkals now shifts focus to school-A A +A
Monday, June 25, 2012
AFTER bannering the country’s colors in exposure trips abroad, the Philippine Under-14 Football Team or the Little Azkals now set their focus on something as important as making one’s country proud—doing well in school.
After their fruitful international exposure trips, the team, made up of players from different areas in the country are now back to school after missing a week of classes.
The team recently placed third in the Japan Exchange Program.
Before that, the team also joined the AFC U-14 Football Festival in Malaysia and was in Palermo, Italy for a 20-day training camp.
Head coach Oliver Colina emphasized to his boys the importance of performing well in class so that the school will be more considerate in their overseas trips.
"Ganahan jud mi i-promote ang education sa mga bata. We want them to study hard para sad ilang schools will allow them to travel should the team need to represent the country again," said Colina.
The boys will be focused on school for five months. But they will be looking forward to a planned match against a Malaysian club based in Sabah, whom they encountered in the Football Festival.
The club showed interest of coming to the country to play with the Little Azkals and proposed this idea to team manager Richard Montayre.
The match was scheduled for December in three venues in the country—Manila, Dumaguete and Cagayan.
The U-14 coach also said they will not hold tryouts but will instead recruit players on an invitational basis.
"We always open to accept players who want to be part of the team either by scouting them or by referrals," said Colina.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 26, 2012.