staring defeat in the face: this is just the beginning

“this is just the first half” – ebong joson (aka the Blue-Haired Fanatic)

MAKATI, Philippines – Today we lost to a superior team. We always knew the odds were long. But who will not be amazed by the discipline, sacrifice and fight that our boys showed. It would have been easy enough to lose focus and go for the goals and leave ourselves open to a bigger deficit. But James stayed back to the defend, Chieffy stayed back to defend, Angel willed himself despite some hard knocks. They kept to the plan. As a player staring defeat in the face – this could not have been easy. But they knew what they had to do and we admire them for that.

We will welcome our team as heroes. We will thank them for making us proud. The road to the World Cup is not a sprint, it is a marathon. We have come so far but we have a long road ahead of us. But we have not given up for while the challenge is daunting, it is not unreachable.

And as my good friend Ebong Joson said – now is the time to show them some love. It is time for us to step forward and pick our team up. It is – at this time – when they need us most.

Mabuhay ang Azkals!

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!


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