FOLLOWING the success of the country’s national football team against Asia’s powerhouse, Vietnam, Vice President Jejomar Binay called for a nationwide training program to assure a steady pool of capable players.
Binay said the country should not rest on its laurels and instead start a program to enhance the development of sports in the country
The national team, dubbed the “Azkals”, defeated defending champion Vietnam 2-0 in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Football Federation Suzuki Cup.
“The recent triumphs also show that the Philippines is now on the way to regaining its place in the sports of football, an arena where the country used to be a powerhouse in the early 1900s," Binay added.
He said beating Vietnam boosted Philippines' chance in the next round. Azkals, which lost to Vietnam in their encounter in 2002, now leads Group B of the competition followed by Myanmar.
President Benigno Aquino III has already congratulated the team.
“These victories affirm yet again the Filipino's drive to excel, noting further that the Philippine team's triumph in the Suzuki Cup signifies an enthusiasm to join the community of nations in the international arena of football,” Aquino said.
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