The Philippine Football team more popularly known as the Azkals have lost in their bid to qualify for the World Cup 2014 as it loses its Home game to Kuwait 2-1 eventually losing the tie in an aggregate score of 5-1.
The Azkals did make a game on its home turf as it scored the first goal courtesy of mid-fielder Stephan Schrock much to the frenzy and delight of the home fans. But that was as fas as it could go as it failed to score another one for the rest of the game. It is good to note however that the Philippine team has made strides in their efforts to build a stronger and better program for football. The World Cup 2014 goal may already be out of the eqaution but with this renewed popularity and interest in football, we could see only bigger things for the Azkals.
For now we can focus on winning the SEA Games and then probably the Asian Games. 2018 World Cup is now becoming more and more of a possibility. The Azkals have shown that they can match par for par with the rest of the world. Kuwait is not a shoo-in team specially in Asia so to limit them to a 2-1 scors at home is one feat. The Azkals have proven how strong they are on the defense side but in the next years, I think they should also give focus on offense. You can't win games with defense alone in football, you need to score. For all their efforts, congratulations Azkals. The Filipino people are all at your backs.