By Abac Cordero
JAKARTA – Head coach Simon McMenemy is not pushing the panic button.
In fact, the British national who has helped turn the Philippine football team into serious contenders, let his wards loose yesterday, the day after their close 1-0 defeat to Indonesia.
They all went out for lunch at the Philippine Embassy, and from there, after enjoying a very warm welcome from the embassy staff, they dropped by at a nearby mall for some shopping.
Everybody seemed to be in a good mood, with a lot of bantering and singing inside the team bus that took them around town.
It was a total rest day for the Filipino booters, who came close to forcing Indonesia to a draw at least. To some extent, there even came expectations during the match they could have won.
One of the players, though, was not too cool on spending the day off.
“After we got our butts kicked, we’re going out shopping?” he said.
All’s not lost on the Filipinos, however, because they still have another chance in tomorrow’s game, same time, same place, but will have to beat the Indons by two goals to advance to the finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup.
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