Azkals shun friendly with crack Hungary


Admittedly not at the level to be competitive against a top caliber side from Europe, the Philippines begged off from facing formidable Hungary in a friendly that was supposed to be played in Dubai in February.

National team manager Dan Palami revealed that there was indeed an invitation from Dubai-based promoters for the Azkals to play against the Hungarians on the next international friendly date on Feb. 6.

“It’s flattering and a great opportunity to get an offer to play against a strong European team, but we’re not at their level yet,” said Palami, pointing out that Hungary is positioned more than a 100 places higher than the Azkals at No. 32 in the world rankings.

“It could be counterproductive for the camp that we will be holding in the Middle East. We want to build cohesion and gain confidence and it might be difficult to do that if we face Hungary,” said Palami.

The Azkals are still in search for an opponent on the friendly date as part of their camp in the Middle East in preparation for the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers.

Azerbaijan was also a possible foe for the Azkals in a friendly, but the European country opted to face Liechtenstein instead.

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  • John-Christopher Tanjili Maham

    it would have been a good training for the Azkals to play against way way better team…they will learn more.  i dont believe it is counter-productive, if someone would claim that, it would be hungary for they will gain nothing by playing a lower ranked team like ours.  it only shows that Dan is more focus on gaining points for the ranking…sometimes we have to sacrifice ranking to prepare our team for the silverware.  we might not win against hungary and earn points to improve our ranking…but it will definitely improve the skills of our team


    azkals have nothing to lose…

    I dont know but I doubt such a match would actually materialize regardless of what palami says.  I think there was talk of a friendly match but somehow fell through.. palami sounds like he is sour-graping.  Anyhow, that’s mere speculation from me.  

    Now, if indeed true, what an opportunity lost…  In england the lower tiered clubs would relish an opportunity to match against a top tier side in the fa cup.. I’m sure the azkals players would love the opportunity to have a match with a top tier national side. Azkals have nothing to lose, and so much to gain from such an opportunity.  (that’s why i doubt in the first place that hungary would agree to such a friendly with 147th ranked azkals in the first place).

    I have to vent my anger at this nonsense statement though…

    “It could be counterproductive for the camp that we will be holding in the Middle East. We want to build cohesion and gain confidence and it might be difficult to do that if we face Hungary,” said Palami.

    hmm… maybe you should change the squad’s name from azkals to “female dogs” if your going to say something like that…  and someone should take the philippine flag from you!!!

    ugh what BS, how else to build cohesion and confidence?  How can intensely preparing for a massive fixture like going against a 32nd rank nation be detrimental to cohesion and confidence?  Is the focus on football and improving the squad lost? Is the state of fitness of the azkals that bad??   Would a televized drubbing of  these “pretty boy” mestizos by hungary drive away the legions of female fans thus drive away sponsorship cash???   

    Oh well I guess you do know they are indeed in a weak and fragile state now… you should have taken the match (if true) sandbagged expectations way way down by talking up hungary and european football… It wouldve made a 1-0 loss or draw look good.  

    • rovs

      Well said!!!


    azkals have nothing to lose…

  • yots

    kaya nga naging hungary vs belarus na sa feb 6 at umatras ang pilipinas

  • Tristan Bal

    weird, February 6 is Hungary vs Belarus! Then 2 games in 1 game day?

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