While the Republicans and the Democrats in US politics are still far apart on their efforts to avert a catastrophic debt default, our country saw the abrupt end of glamour for our Phil-Am players of Azkals when they lost to Kuwait Al-Azraq on second leg for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, 2-1 (5-1 on aggregate) on Thursday, July 28, 2011.
Lots of Filipinos cheered for the team, mostly admiring their good looks from the start of the qualifier series. It started when they beat Vietnam (2-0) in the Suzuki Cup a year ago. Then ABS-CBN, a local TV hype machine, made these group of half-Filipino (or maybe not half at all) and half-other nationalities (that are not from Third World) sudden celebrities and product endorsers. Then came the game that showed how the Azkals lacked the real determination to win the game for our country. From the start of the game, you can always see how our players moved lazily compared to the amazing speed and agility of Kuwait players. Their defense lacked the strong points, and just like the players were afraid to crash their sweet faces against the professional Kuwaitis. Even a million of prayers for miracle couldn’t save the team as plainly we saw that Kuwaitis are the more skillfull booters.
Some said that Azkals became fame and famous because of their good non-Pinoy looks. I said they will even became more famous because after the game, their managers will have more franchise for showbiz projects. And let’s start looking for real Filipino football players who really work to become part of our national football team not because they got good caucasian looks, but because they pawned everything they got to train hard and give us the real game to give pride for our country, instead of celebrity players who are groomed just to become models we see in billboards.
Im neither a hater nor a fan of Azkals. But i dont like hype, sensational regard over things that are not really meant for us.