A tribute was given to former Azkals captain Chieffy Caligong during halftime of the Philippines vs. Cambodia.
It was a send-off fitting a homegrown football hero.
Former Azkals captain Emelio "Chieffy" Caligdong was honored during halftime of the friendly match between the Philippines and Cambodia at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Friday evening.
Caligdong announced earlier this week that he was retiring from the Azkals to give way for other players to see action for the national side.
The 32-year old Caligdong, who hails from Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, received a plaque of appreciation along with his framed jersey during the short program.
Wearing his number 13 jersey, the midfielder spoke and thanked his supporters and people responsible for his career.
Caligdong saw action for the Azkals from 2004 to 2013 and scored 16 international goals.
He was named Mr. Football twice by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) and earned the Golden Boot award during the 2011 Long Teng Cup in Taiwan after scoring a tournament high four goals in three games.