What I am most excited about this weekend is the fact that the national football team is in town.
The Philippine Azkals are so popular that it is difficult to take them around without attracting hordes of fans.
This 4 p.m., the team will be holding a practice session at the Aboitiz Sports Field in Subangdaku, Mandaue City. I was told that there is an entry fee of P100 for those who want to watch. There is ample parking in the Aboitiz Sports Field so you don’t have to worry much about your vehicle.
The Azkals will be back there tomorrow from 7 to 10 a.m. and in the afternoon they will be at the University of San Carlos-Talamban field for the awards ceremony of the 11th National Interclub Football Cup.
This football event is organized by the Cebu Amateur Football Club, the mother association of the Queen City United teams.
The Azkals are again scheduled to be back at the Aboitiz Field on Monday morning still from 7 to 10 and then in the afternoon, they will be at Ayala Center Cebu.
Having followed football for a long time as a sportswriter and at many instances also a player in the school and club tournaments, I am very happy to see the sport get that much attention.
There is, however, a price for fame and I’m sure that the Azkals would also appreciate it if the fans would allow them to do their practices without being bothered by autograph seekers and those wanting to snap pictures that they would post on their Facebook pages.
Maybe after the practices, this can be done, so please bear with the team officials if you are told not to go near yet and wait for the proper time.