Saturday, 11 February 2012

Winning is the top goal, Philippines coach says

By Ares P. Gutierrez
Gulf News

Dubai: Philippine men's football team manager Hans Michael Weiss is confident that his team's Middle East tour will take their game several notches higher.

"As you can see, they're not yet 100 per cent. We're still adjusting after a long trip and we're also adjusting to the weather and the environment. We'll get better as the days go by and we have players coming in from Europe, so we'll see," the German mentor told Gulf News on the sidelines of his side's training camp.

The Philippine team, also known as the Azkals, are in Dubai for a 10-day training camp in preparation for next month's AFC Challenge Cup in Kathmandu, Nepal. They are due to play a match against the Uzbekistan Under-23 side at Al Maktoum Stadium tonight (8pm).

"If we can bring in a few more European-based players we'll have a good chance to make the top four in Nepal. Should we get to the semi-finals you never know what might happen. Our primary goal is to win and that would cause a tsunami across the footballing world."

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