For U-22 Azkals, now is not the time to cry, says Stephan Schrock
Santino Honasan on Nov 29, 2019 09:11 AM
"I still believe we can advance. We will get the next game [and the] three points and from then on we prepare for the next game." - Stephan Schrock (Photo: Arvin Lim)
The Philippine Under-22 Men's National Football Team absorbed their first loss in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Men's Football Tournament Wednesday afternoon, falling 1-2 to Myanmar thanks to a late-second half goal from Win Naing Tun.
That, after Justin Baas provided what was yet another big-time equalizer for the Pinoy side.
It was indeed a heartbreaking result for the U-22 Azkals, who had controlled majority of the match's possessions.
"It’s painful that we didn’t get rewarded for the effort we did, in the second half especially," said team captain Stephan Schrock. "The last 15 minutes, we probably broke down a little bit due to, let’s say, lacking of fitness maybe?"
With the last two matches in the group stage essentially a must-win for the Pinoy side, Schrock says that now is definitely not the time to give up. Wins against Malaysia and Timor Leste could definitely swing things in the U-22 Azkals' favor.
"We can now sit in the corner and cry [or we can look forward to] getting six points off the last two games, which is absolutely possible. I’d rather choose the second option because I’m a never-say-die type of person," Schrock stated. "I still believe we can advance. We will get the next game [and the] three points and from then on we prepare for the next game."
Only the top two teams in each group will advance into the semis, and with the top two teams in Group A sitting at just four points apiece, it's still a wide open race, and a pair of wins from the Pinoy side could definitely propell them into the next round, which is why dwelling on past results won't be of help, says Schrock.
"Like I said, now is not the time to sit in the corner and cry. What happens stays in the past, so does good results count [the] same as the bad results. I choose to treat winning and losing just the same. It happened yesterday so we chin up and look for the next two games."