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Azkals’ non-Filipino surnames surprise Kuwait football official

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MANILA—The names of some of the stars on the Philippine Azkals football team have surprised the Kuwaitis, who will play the Azkals in the opening match of their home-and-away series in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers at the Mohammad Al-Hammad Stadium in Hawally on July 23.

The media officer of the Kuwait Football Association said they had already received the lineup of the Philippine team but indicated “we’re surprised that most of them have non-Filipino surnames and most of them don’t need a visa to Kuwait.”

However, the official said everything is in place and Kuwait was “ready to welcome the Philippine Azkals.”

Al-Mehteb, the media officer, told the Arab Times the Kuwait National Team has been undergoing rigorous training in preparation for the match with the Azkals. The team had a training camp in Lebanon from June 27 to July 7 where it played two friendly matches against Lebanon on July 2 and Oman on July 6. The Kuwaitis beat the Lebanese, 6-0, in a match that ended in an ugly brawl and forced the military to enter the field and fire warning shots into the air.

The Kuwait team, ranked No. 102 by Fifa, 57 spots above the Philippines, is now in Amman, Jordan, to compete in a friendly tournament with the national squads of Saudia Arabia, Iraq and Jordan.

The second game of the Kuwaiti-Azkals showdown will be played at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on July 28.
The Kuwait National Team, a 10-time Gulf Cup of Nations Champion made it to the World Cup in 1982 and achieved its highest ranking of No. 24 in December 1998.

Al-Mehteb added that the team is now in Amman, Jordan, where they will take part in a friendly tournament with the national teams of Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Jordan in preparation for the match against the Philippine team. “They are expected to be back in Kuwait on July 18.”

Filipinos in Kuwait are making arrangements to give the Azkals a warm welcome while the Philippine Embassy has informed the Kuwait Football Association of its willing-ness to help in efforts to ensure the success of the match.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S5G6PSJQCKTQV37N7EMGJISN7U manjo

    We must remember our history na majority ng Pinoy ngayon ay hindi full-bloodied native Pinoys. We are a mixture of Malays, Chinese, Spanish, Americans and the list goes on. Aetas, Mangyans, Pagubos and other tribal natives are the puro Pinoy blood. That is part of our history that we cannot argue with. Like the Singaporeans which are mixes of Chinese, Indians and Malays yet they have no issue with their citizens and remember the Americans who are mixed raced too. We also have to remember that one of the parents of these players are Pinoys and Pinays so they are considered Pinoys. Kaya hindi natin dapat pag-awayan kung sino ang mga players natin kasi Pinoy din sila at part sila ng lipunan natin. Future generations of Pinoys will be more multi-racial and that is not a negative aspect as long as they carry our national pride and identity. Kayong mga hindi sang-ayon sa mix-bloodied Pinoys w/c tribe do you belong?  GO AZKALS!!!!!! Kaya nating manalo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S5G6PSJQCKTQV37N7EMGJISN7U manjo

    We must remember our history na majority ng Pinoy ngayon ay hindi full-bloodied native Pinoys. We are a mixture of Malays, Chinese, Spanish, Americans and the list goes on. Aetas, Mangyans, Pagubos and other tribal natives are the puro Pinoy blood. That is part of our history that we cannot argue with. Like the Singaporeans which are mixes of Chinese, Indians and Malays yet they have no issue with their citizens and remember the Americans who are mixed races too. We also have to remember that one of the parents of these players are Pinoys and Pinays so they are considered Pinoys. Kaya hindi natin dapat pag-awayan kung sino ang mga players natin kasi Pinoy din sila at part sila ng lipunan natin. In future generations, Pinoys will be more multi-racial and that is not a negative aspect as long as they carry our national pride and identity. Ang ibang pinoy naiinggit lang sa mga sikat. GO AZKALS!!!!!! Kaya nating manalo.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you that we Pinoys came from different races,
      and I also welcome with warm approval the azkals representing our country.  I even admire them for their willingness and heeding
      the call to carry our national flag for FIFA, instead of taking care of their
      own respective businesses; and there’s no argument on their eligibility to
      represent our country.  However, don’t
      you think that it would be nicer if majority of our national football team is
      composed of home-grown soccer players?  Actually,
      it was not an issue of having the pure origins. 
      It’s more of how these people reflect on themselves.  In the U.S., they had celebrated athletes
      like Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, etc. which are obviously not of their own
      origins.  But they are genuine u.s.
      citizens not only because of their birthplaces, passports or residences; they
      are– because they speak, live, act and think as Americans.  In our case, we didn’t mind when Robert  Jaworski, Atoy Co, Willie Miller, etc. played
      for our national basketball team, because they were ‘homegrown’ and understand very
      well the true pride of being a pinoy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_757G5JETDHL56NZF5GBIFMHBZQ matteo

    Whats wrong with having these guys?..in fact it help a lot to make football popular again…and at least they came from diff leagues in Europe and it counts a lot para alam natin how these european teams play..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WWUPA2BUHQMWC2X2M3CTOYDDRM Kukuri Kapu

    Why do still need to write this? You are just giving flame to the non-issue of having full-blooded and mixed race filipinos. We do have a dual citizenship law, we do recognize those individual where one of of the parents is filipino as Filipino. We did not Naturalize these guys like some players of Japan, Indonesia and Singapore did. I guess we should also complaint the Raul Gonzales Blanco, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres have Filipino surnames. I guess this Sri Lankan excuse for a commentator/journalist have nothing to write.

  • Edandlye Pogi

    Paano nalaman ng kuwaiti na non-filipino ang apelyido ng mga players? Ano ba ang Filipino surnames, karamihan sa atin ay may spanish surnames, kasunod siguro ang chinese sounding surnames, tapos filipino-sounding surnames which are mostly those of our muslim brothers, at mga european or western surnames dahil sa inter-marriage. Palagay ko si Ronnie Nathanielz mismo ang nagsabi sa Kuwaiti na na maraming half-european players sa team. Come clean, Ronnie, ikaw ang nagsabi, di ba? Di mo kasi matanggap na natalo ng Azkals ang team ng mahal mong Sri Lanka. We understand that you still love Sri Lanka, ganun din kasi ang mga pinoy na may foreign citizenships, di pa rin naalis ang pagmamahal nila sa Pinas. Kaya writing a nonsense article about and Arab knowing what non-filipino sounding surnames are is just an excuse to explain why Sri Lanka lost to the Azkals.

  • Adrian Hermano

    If they were not asked for visa on entrance to Kuwait, they must have used their non-Filipino passport (UK or US), because you are required to apply for visa if you presented your Philippine passport at Kuwaiti immigration.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2QGXQVY3C75YGCJ2O6YDZH2HM4 Jaoh

    LAW says that if one of your parents is a natural born Filipino citizen and wherever you were born, you are also considered a natural born Filipino citizen.

    I’m not sure bout this. Ok lang you correct this.

  • Anonymous

    yon kc ang mali sa atin kukuha pa ng mga imported players na matatangkad, mga gwapo at mayayaman at mga kamaganak o kaibigan pa ng mga sports officials.  Magscout ng  playerss from the countryside and you will see lots of good players, strong as bulls dahil sanay sila sa hirap ng buhay. pag yan ginawa it will make a difference. walang silbi ang Palarong Pambansa kc yong mga nanalo ay hindi naman mga yon ang pinapadala sa mga kompetisyon. Hay kailan tayo magbago Filipino!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YDHMQZLZRJ4JIUYO2FLXIARCDM Jesus

      kamaganak at kaibigan ng mga sports officials??? saan mo nakuha ang mga kahibangan na yan labrador?? ikaw ang imported eh, Labrador ka askal lang kami. sa pagpili mo pa lang ng pangalan mo rito alam mo na kung sino talaga ang tunay na makaFilipino.

    • Adrian Hermano

      Mahirap po kukuha ng football players sa countryside dahil hindi po kilala masyado football. Eh Kano hilaw po tau, basketball tayo mahilig di football.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR5FXWJLIHZKVR3UMM522FW3HI Johnny

      kung nanuod ka ng interview kay manager dan palami sa adyenda. sinabi nya na last year, nag hanap na sila ng players locally to join the national team. kaso walang sumali, kasi wala naman daw mapapala. kaya sya nag tiyaga mag hanap ng taga airforce, army at sa ibang footbal clubs, at sa labas ng bansa. gumastos ng sariling pera para mabuo ang azkal ngayon. kung sana magpasalamat kana lang sa na atim ng azkal ngayon, kaysa mag dada ka ng walang katuturan at basihan, at sisirain mo pa ang team. manahimik ka nalang. wag kayo manuod ng laban at wag na kayo mag post ng nakaka iritang comment. sayang lang oras nyo. 



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