After starting like a house on fire, the Azkals ended up collecting the ashes of their failed campaign to advance to the finals of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup. But hey, that is no reason to feel bad. They may have been unsuccessful in their attempt to capture the championship title but they have certainly won the hearts of millions of Filipinos. They remained unfazed by many challenges, primarily the sorely lacking support from the government and proved that they can manage to bring glory to the country. Truly, they have fought a gallant fight, making everyone proud.
This is just the start for the Philippine National Football Team and without any shade of doubt, we can expect to see greater things unfold for them. It is my fervent wish, to see them one day, playing against the world's best football teams. 2022 in Qatar perhaps? Not far from reality. Their overflowing passion and unwavering dedication to the sport will bring them there,
and probably a little support from the government, eh?
It makes me exceedingly grateful to be given the opportunity to work with them this year on one of the things I am incredibly passionate about and that is education.
Members of the Azkals, together with their coaching staff and their Team Manager Dan Palami, who without a doubt, made things possible for the team in ways unimaginable, graced Global Xchange's 1Goal: Education for All Football Clinic which happened on August 7, 2010 at the University of San Carlos- Montessori Academy, Cebu City.
The event was attended by more than a hundred out-of-school youths from Cebu City and has been covered by various newspapers and media channels which evidently helped spread awareness about the global campaign for education.
|Global Xchange Team 107: 1Goal Education for All Football Clinic|
|The Azkals standing and (posing) in solidarity with GX volunteers for 1Goal: Education for All campaign|
|Chippy Caligdong, all out in teaching this kid during the football clinic|
|Great header from this kid.|
|Chippy Caligdong and Patrick Dougherty during the exhibition match between the Azkals and Global Xchange. Fun times!|
|The man himself, Dan Palami, trying to score a goal for the Azkals|
|Paolo Pascual from the University of San Carlos, playing for Global Xchange. Phil Younghasband-esque, muy guapo!|
|And of course, this is a joke. We were lambasted by the Azkals, cant remember the score but it was miles apart.|
|With the participants, volunteers, and the Philippine National Football Team|
*Photos by JP Maunes