Filipino-German booter Stephan Schrock is keen on helping the Philippine Azkals achieve success in the upcoming Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup.
According to Schrock, he looks forward to playing in the biennial regional football championship for the first time since joining the Azkals in 2011.
“I might be available for the Suzuki cup for the very first time. The PFF and the management of Azkals know already that I’m starving for a big trophy for our country, and of course that I’m willing to play this upcoming AFF,” the 29-year-old midfielder told The Manila Times.
He believes that the home field advantage would boost the team’s chance of winning stressing the Azkals’ readiness to clash against their foes.
“It’s on our home ground and the Azkals are so ready to at least make it to the finals. But we will see what will happen in the next months. You’ll never know what the future holds.”
The Philippines will see action in Group A in the preliminary round of the tournament together with Singapore, Indonesia and champion Thailand.
Schrock will be also be staying with local club Ceres La Salle FC until the end of the United Football League (UFL) season.
According to the club’s website, Schrock’s loan contract with his parent team SpVgg Greuther Furth in Germany has been extended for another six months.
“I’m very happy about that. The management and the team have big goals and so do I. My teammates are on a very good level. I learned a lot from them and I enjoy every training and every game. From player 1-25, the quality of each player is outstanding,” Schrock said.
The Azkals standout has been playing for the defending UFL champions since January and was instrumental in the club’s run in the Asian Football Confederation Cup, RHB Singapore Cup and the UFL Cup.
“I’ve had an amazing time. I learned to have fun again with football and we are looking forward to get the UFL trophy this year,” Schrock said
He added that he is impressed with how well the Bacolod-based Ceres La Salle FC is being managed, which according to him is comparable with the top clubs in the German Bundesliga.
“Ceres is a well-organized club. Even if it is a young club, the standard of our club is very, very high. For me, it’s clear that it’s the best club and team in the Philippines,” he concluded.