MANILA, Philippines — Members of the Philippine football team take time off from their rigorous training Friday to mingle with their loyal fans in an event also serving as their sendoff party for their World Cup qualifying match against Sri Lanka on June 29.
The event, dubbed as “We Believe” is also a fund-raising campaign that hopes not only to bring the fans closer to the Philippine Azkals, but also generate support for their important outing, Azkals team manager Dan Palami said.
“It’s a way of thanking the fans for their support and at the same time ask support from them for our game against Sri Lanka,” Palami said.
“We want to show that the Azkals’ victory is also the nation’s triumph.” Palami said the event, which will feature concerts and football clinics, hopes to draw more corporate sponsors for the team to sustain its training and preparation for the qualifying tournament for the World Cup.
Last month, he said they will need around P15 million for their preparation, including their training in Germany.
Event organizer Jmar Eduarte said fans can help the Azkals by purchasing Azkals merchandising goods during the event that will start at 4 p.m. at Trinoma. —Francis Santiago