12 December 2012
Suzuki Cup semis stint a "good achievement" for Azkals says Coach Weiss
Despite failing to qualify for the finals of the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup, members of the Philippine national team can still hold their heads high, said coach Hans Michael Weiss.
The Azkals were hoping to surpass their Cinderella run to the semifinals two years ago, but fell short of that goal after losing to Singapore Wednesday.
“It was still a good achievement for us to reach the semifinals and hopefully we can learn from this and come back stronger in the future,” said Weiss.
The German coach, who had a word war with Lions coach Radojko Avramovic prior to the start of the series, had more gracious words for Singapore after the loss.
“Singapore’s extra portion of experience and coolness under pressure helped them today and overall, they are deserved winners over the two games,” Weiss said.
The Azkals will next compete in qualifiers for the 2014 Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup, which the Philippines will host next March.
The Challenge Cup is a tournament for emerging football nations in Asia. The Azkals finished third in that competition earlier this year.