Whipping boys no more. The Philippine football team won over Cambodia, 4-2, yesterday. Pinoy football fans are rejoicing. As my brother said in his report from Bacolod “The word “win” is rarely used in a sentence together with the “Philippine national football team” – the country having been Asia’s whipping boys.”
Diehard football fans of the Philippine team have christened themselves Azkals or asong kalye. As I said in an earlier post: What’s your football pedigree?: Philippine football, like the askal, doesn’t have pedigree and is impoverished for lack of support. The askal, however, is a survivor – a trait RP football needs.