It was a very frustrating night for the Philippine National Football Team more known as the Azkals when they lost to the higher ranked Singaporean team in their game at Jalan Besar. I could just imagine their frustrations after the game and I’m pretty sure that more Azkal fans were devastated at the results. I was one of them. As a fan, I was expecting them to win. I believe in them, if not who will? But sadly, the Lions show more experience working as a team. Azkals may have great individual talent but sadly they don’t work really well as a team.

Some fans were ranting that the Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge should be replaced by Roland Muller, the Azkals second GK based from Neil’s performance last night. Neil did a great job but it is not just enough. There were some fans also who wanted Coach Weiss to be replaced, that according to them with Azkals talent compared to the one who played during the Suzuki Cup, they could win against the Lions.  Simon Mcnemeny’s name was always mentioned for according to some he is better in coaching than Weiss.

What happened to the Azkals dream team? Chieffy was not able to produce a goal. Phil Younghusband was not able to convert that opportunity to a goal. Angel Guirado was subbed after a minutes of the game because of the injury. The midfield and the back four were solid. Sad. There were lapses. Dennis Cagara’s  debut was not a better one. Jerry Lucena and Paul Mulders were great last night. But the strikers really were just not able to do their job very well.

So the Azkals draw with the Singapore at the Suzuki Cup was a fluke then based from the results last  night? Maybe yes and maybe not. Chris Greatwich the one who scored in that game was not part of the Azkal for he is busy with his work. And yes, I missed Stephan Schrock last night and Muller’s yelling :). But the Azkals did a good job. Maybe what they should do is play more often together but that is just not possible.  Maybe they should choose guys who will be able to be there to practice and play for better cohesion.

When that first goal was made by the Lion, I knew that Singapore will win. I  just knew and I was right. Although my frustration for that game was lesser compared to what I felt when Azkals lost to Kuwait. Yes, I know Kuwait is wayyyyy above the Azkals but I’m a fan and I hoped for my team :). And yes, I will still support the Azkals. They changed the football in the Philippines. Now, I just don’t watch boxing and basketball, I follow and watch football too because of the Azkals. And I hope that one day,  Azkals will be able to command what Manny Pacquiao’s game  does to the Filipinos all over the world, where every Filipinos stop in what they do just to watch Manny—from the police force to the rebels, from the masses and to the elite, and a number of Filipinos that goes to Vegas just to watch Manny.

Azkals, you’re doing fine and we thank you. Hoping to see a better performance against Nepal next week. #We believe.