21 August 2012

Guirado remains active as Azkal

MANILA, Philippines - Angel Guirado’s transfer to Indian side Salgaocar Sports Club may not necessarily mean he’s leaving the Philippine Azkals.
“Just like what we’re doing with players based in Europe, it’s a matter of communicating with his club and getting permission to release him for his Azkals duties,” said Philippine Football Fedeation (PFF) president Nonong Araneta.
Fil-Spanish Guirado signed a one-year deal with Federation Cup champ Salgaocar for the 2012-13 I-League competitions after playing for Global FC – the reigning league titlists in the United Football League that is chaired by Azkals manager Dan Palami. The I-League plays its season October through May, which runs smack into November’s AFF Suzuki Cup.
“Angel is a tall player with good physical presence and competent skills; he will give me lot of options as a striker,” Salgaocar head coach Karim Bencherifa said of the 6-foot-2 Azkals forward, as quoted by Goal.com’s report on the team’s announcement of Guirado’s acquisition over the weekend.
Guirado has yet to formalize his move to India, according to Araneta.
“So far, we haven’t seen a request of transfer,” said the PFF chief, referring to a requirement for all players playing in Phl to secure before heading elsewhere.
The Azkals are gearing up for the Suzuki Cup group stages in Bangkok in November. The Pinoy booters just wrapped up their training camp in the US and look forward to playing friendlies on the road against Cambodia (Sept. 5), Singapore (Sept. 9), and Laos (Sept. 10) and the four-nation Paulino Alcantara Cup in Bacolod against Guam (Sept. 25), Macau (Sept. 27) and Chinese-Taipei (Sept. 29).

A training camp in Bahrain from Oct. 8-18 is also in the pipeline with a match against the Bahraini national team set on Oct. 12 and a second friendly with another Middle East nation being arranged.



  1. "....necessarily mean he’s leaving the Philippine Azkals."

    Leaving?!?! 'kin hell! It really shows that Philippine football revolves around the men's national team and it's pretty much perceived as a club.

  2. For now yes, the NT has been generating media miliage since the 2010 Suzuki Cup.
    Player's will surely come and go, these things can't be stopped. Reasons can be a lot but the biggest reason will be financial gain.
    Di naman malaki ang sahod nang mga players na iyan kesa sa mga players na naglalaro sa europe.
    Pero imagine our NT and Philippine football as a bus, slowly moving. Inaayos nang PFF natin, nahihirapan pero gumaganda ang takbo kasi me direksyon kasi may maayos na driver na di gaya nang dati. Me gasolina na, pero di pa kalakihan pero sustained na at may nagdadagdag pa.
    May mga players na sumasakay at may iniimbitahan pa tayong sumakay dahil sa tawag nang tungkulin sa bansa.
    Di maiiwasan may bumababa pero hindi dahil sa masamang dahil kundi para maging maganda ang buhay nila. Pero willing pa din sumakay para sa Pilipinas.
    May mga lubak sa daan, may mga naghahagis nang pako para ma-flat ang gulong, may naghahagis sa harap ng bus nang kung ano-ano para mahirapan ang pagkilos nito pero tuloy pa din sya.
    Pero may nagbibigay nang lakas sa mga sakay nang bus na kumilos pa-abante, yung Filipino fans. Bagamat bago sa ganitong sports ay buo sa puso ang suporta, matalo o manalo.
    Milya-milya ang layo nang ibang bus sa atin at hamak na mas magaganda ang bus nila. Pero tandaan natin na nagsimula din sila sa mabagal na takbo hanggang gumanda ang takbo nila.
    Pasensya, dedication, talent, marami pang pasensya, financial support, Fan support, marami pang pasensya, government support, more friendlies, discovering more talents, marami pang pasensya, at iba pa. Eto ang nagpapatakbo sa bus natin, maybe not in my lifetime na sisikat din tayo, pero ang nakakatuwa tumatakbo na tau na me direksyon.

  3. Why would anyone think that playing club football would end National team duties? Phil and James were right. The National team is not intended to be a full time commitment. The top players in the world play in European leagues. They then return to North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia for international duty. Top coaches often do not take national team positions because it is only a part time job. It is good that the Azkals are training together and playing together but this is not normal in international football. Nobody in Argentina would ever think that Messi cannot play for them because he is in Spain.

  4. Our NT is different now. We have Fil-Foreign players who plays in the country where they were born commercial but plays for our country when their is no conflict with their schedule.
    They would prioritize their interest and their family's interest by receiving better offers from other international teams.
    But I believe it would not stop them from playing with the NT except if there is a conflict with their commercial team's schedule.
    We are a different team now and this is good.
    The way I see it, our NT coaching staff has anticipated this by developing our other local and Fil-foreign players.
    This is just football progress infront of us. This is good because we never had this scenario before. Our scenario before was we always lose against our neighbors. Now we sometimes drew with them or luckily we defeat them.