My eyes are glued, and my feet are cringing few seconds before Gonzales (from Indonesia) made a successful goal during the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup held yesterday, December 19. Gahd! That was close for the Philippines.
Being a Filipino, everything shattered into pieces when Gonzales made a goal a few minutes before the first half expired. At that moment, I felt like I was a soccer fan for a very long time, and thinking that the goal did not happen (Nooo!). Then I relaxed a bit, and thought that even I am for Philippine Azkals, I must admit that Gonzales is a very, very good player – maybe the best I’ve seen in this ASEAN tournament. It’s just so bad for the Filipino fans, that he’s there on the field fighting against the Philippine team. Dang!
On the other hand, I am very proud of the Philippines Azkals. They were so tough and patient in playing the entire game, specially given the fact that they played on an arena dominated by their opponent’s fans – and we are talking about around 8,000 fans making all sorts of annoying noises.
Maybe, the Philippine Team really need more experience and learn better strategy for them to get the tournament crown. After all, Philippines is known to be a basketball-oriented country and football is not a widely-played sport here. Of course, I am not expert on this, and this is just an opinion. Whatever it is, I am very happy that our team reached the semis.
Speaking of opinions, some people (Filipino or not; or sports commentators or not) say that a referee in-charged during the game committed a lot of bad calls, and favoring Indonesia. Well, again, I am no expert on this game but maybe they are true. I am saying that it might be true because I have watched the past games of this tournament and some calls are “called differently” for the same kind of situation. Of course, two or three “improper calls” might not be a game clincher, but let’s face the fact that somehow, it destroys the morale and momentum of the affected party.
Anyway, whatever the reason of last night’s game result, it’s bound to be that way. And I am very proud with how the Philippine Azkals played the entire tournament.
From the bottom of my heart (nhaks!), thank you for playing the game with your whole heart.