Azkals or the Philippine National Football Team is facing controversy in the midst of their bid to qualify for the for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
Following the sexual harassment accusations by Cristy Ramos to two members of the Azkals, former First Lady Amelita “Ming” Ramos (Cristy’s mom) asked the the team to change their name in order to bring back their dignity as the country’s official football team.
Even former President Fidel Ramos aired his support to her daughter and advised the Azkals to learn to respect sports officials and should start winning games.
Azkals’ Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado became popular on Tuesday after they were both accused by Cristy Ramos of sexual harassment.
According to the former President’s daughter, while she was inspecting their acceditation cards and kits, Lexton Moy stood near her and loudly said “must be a B cup” (referring to the size of her bra) to which the other players laughed loudly. She was the only female in the room.
Furthermore, Angel Guirado went near her purposely just wearing his briefs.
While all this was happening, none of the Philippine team officials present nor the team captain, James Joseph Younghusband (No. 7), made any attempts to discipline the players and tell them to behave properly. In fact, they were also laughing and seemed to be enjoying the revelry at my expense. Philippine team manager Dan Stephen Palami and Philippine head coach Hans Michael Weiss were both not present in the changing room at the time of the team check,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Azkals are currently in Kathmandu, Nepal, preparing for their match against North Korea this Friday as part of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup.
With the controversy back home, the team’s spirit is down prompting team captain James Younghusband to air his sentiment on Twitter:
“Preparations for the AFC Challenge Cup are going well. Shame that there are people back home trying to bring football down.”
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) and the Azkals recently renewed their contract with ABS-CBN, which gives ABS-CBN the exclusive right to broadcast all the local matches of the Azkals and other football events of the PFF for the next four years.
The Azkals are taking to the field for the team’s second charity match this year as they face South Korean third-tier club Incheon Citizens on Saturday (Jan 21), 6 p.m. at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, to be aired live on Studio 23.
Azkals, the Philippine National Football Team, yielded to visitors CF Internacional de Madrid on Saturday in a special charity match for the benefit of Sendong victims.
The Philippine Azkals will be playing a special charity match against third division Spanish football club CF Internacional de Madrid (CFIM) on Saturday (Jan 7), 4 p.m. at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium for the benefit of typhoon Sendong victims.
David Beckham and his team LA Galaxy is now in Manila!
Catch the showdown of our very own Philippine Azkals football team against the 2011 Major League Soccer (MLS) champion Los Angeles Galaxy, led by its superstar tandem David Beckham and Landon Donovan in a momentous friendly match dubbed as “The Dream Cup,” to be broadcast live by Studio 23 and Balls HD (SkyCable ch. 167) from the Rizal Memorial Stadium tomorrow (Dec 3), 6:30 PM. Don’t miss its replays on the same day (Dec 3), 6 PM; on Sunday (Dec 4), 10:15 AM on ABS-CBN; on Monday (Dec 5), 9 AM on Balls; and next Sunday (Dec 11) on Studio 23, 11 AM.
David Beckham and his team L.A. Galaxy vies with the Azkals this Saturday!
Philippine football goes world-class as our very own Philippine Azkals football team faces off against the 2011 Major League Soccer (MLS) champion Los Angeles Galaxy, featuring the superstar tandem David Beckham and Landon Donovan in “The Dream Cup,” a momentous friendly match at the Rizal Memorial Stadium this Saturday (Dec 3), 6:30 PM to be broadcast live by Studio 23 and on Balls HD (SkyCable ch. 167).
Penetrating the field as underdogs, the Azkals have steadily risen in the international football scene and has advanced the sport’s popularity in the country.
Led by forward Ian Araneta and left winger Chieffy Caligdong, the Azkals will prove they have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with global football heavyweights Beckham and Donovan, who will showcase their superior football skills in front of Filipino football fans.
Beckham, the English midfield superstar, captained the England national football team from 2000 to 2006 and also played for football giants Manchester United, Real Madrid, A.C. Milan and now the L.A. Galaxy. Beckham was also twice a runner-up for the prestigious FIFA World Player of the Year in 1999 and 2001.
Donovan, the American superstar forward, holds the title of being the highest scoring American footballer in World Cup history and also played for Bayern Munich and Everton. Donovan received the 1999 FIFA U-17 best player award and the 2002 FIFA World Cup best young player award.
Catch “The Dream Cup: The Philippine Azkals vs. the L.A. Galaxy with David Beckham” on Saturday (Dec 3), 6:30 PM on Studio 23 and Balls HD (SkyCable ch. 167), with replays on Sunday (Dec 4), 10:15 AM on ABS-CBN and Monday (Dec 5), 9 AM on Balls.