THE Philippine Men’s U22 football team came out with a stunning performance on Friday, November 29, when they repeated history against Malaysia in the ongoing 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
Team captain Stephan Shrock scored a surprising goal off a corner kick in the 71st minute to disappoint the Malaysian side, 1-0 and get an opportunity to advance into the semifinals.
During the 1991 SEA Games in Manila, exactly 28 years ago, the current University of St. La Salle head coach Norman Fegidero also made history on the same field when he scored a late goal against the Malaysian squad for a 1-0 result.
“I’m very happy for the win,” Fegidero said as he recalled the victory they had in 1991. “It was a good performance and the players are very determined to get that result,” he said.
Aside from the Men’s U22, the Philippine Women’s team - Malditas also moved to the semifinals after demolishing their Malaysian counterparts, 5-nil.
For many football observers, these are among the best performances of the Philippine national teams in the SEA Games.