Truly, the Philippines Football team, Azkals, did not fail the expectation of Filipinos as they won the 4-0 match against Sri Lanka last Sunday, July 3, 2011 at Rizal Memorial Park.
Azkals wrote a new historic event by becoming the first Philippine Football team to make it on the second round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Million of their Filipino fans are hoping that they can continue to make it on FIFA World Cup.
Azkals’ supporters will not consider the weather for not to watch their team to play. Even the game had started start 3:30 pm; people were starting to fill the Rizal Stadium in Manila by 11:00 am. According to Azakals’ media officer, Rick Olivares, 12,870 tickets were sold.
It was a similar sight when the team played in Panaad Stadium in Bacolod last February and also won on that game against Mongolians.
Thunder or rain has not become interruption for the people to watch the game. Nobody moves even the strong rains poured from the kick-off until 20 minutes of the game.
The team was overwhelmed with the support of the Filipinos. Coach Weiss called it “special kind of love that is sometime moving.”