Dan Palami hopes Azkals' win sparks another football revolution in the Philippines

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 03, 2018 05:05 PM
Palami hopes Azkals' win sparks another football revolution
“We’re happy to be representing the country in the elite football stage in Asia. We’ve always felt that the Filipinos belong in this stage of football which is one-tier away from the World Cup,” - Dan Palami
Dan Palami hopes the Philippine Azkals' qualification for the Asian Cup brings forth another football revolution in the country  similar to what the ‘Miracle in Hanoi’ had done eight years ago.
 
The Philippines made history by booking its first appearance in the  biggest football tournament in the region, ending years of heartbreaks. Now the amiable Palami believes it’s high time the country reached new heights in the sport.  
 
“It’s been a long journey for the Azkals and finally after that miracle in Hanoi, we have this,” said Palami in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday at the Tapa King Restaurant at Farmers Center in Cubao.  
 
“This is another step and another level. We felt na after a long while, nag-plateau, so now we feel like this is a different level that we’re in,” he added in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR).
 
While he’s still euphoric with the Azkals’ achievement, Palami has no plans of stopping here.
 
Now that they’ve gotten back the country’s attention, the next step is consistency against the best in Asia. For him, this shouldn’t be a one-time event but rather the start of the continuous rise of the Philippines in Asian football.
 
“We’re happy to be representing the country in the elite football stage in Asia. We’ve always felt that the Filipinos belong in this stage of football which is one-tier away from the World Cup,” said Palami.
 
“The fact that we’re here somehow, it’s really an achievement, and I hope that it breaks down this particular barrier."
 

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