Phil Younghusband says he'll be ready to play for the Azkals vs Sri Lanka match on April 29.
Phil Younghusband happily told Push.com.ph
that he’s already recovering from the hamstring injury that he sustained during the Philippine Azkals’ game against Mongolia last March 15. “I started the therapy [last Wednesday]. So mga
three weeks akong hindi pwedeng maglaro, puro pahinga lang.
Okay naman yung
therapy, hindi masakit. ngayon gumagaling na.
We just heard na may
draw kanina sa
Asia, so yung
next game natin
is Sri Lanka on April 29, tapos may
game dito sa
Pilipinas on July 3. Yes, makakalaro na ako
The star striker really felt bad that he wasn’t able to join the team during the recent AFC Challenge Cup qualifying games in Myanmar. “Siyempre
at the time, malungkot ako,
disappointed ako, kasi gusto ko maglaro sa
Myanmar. And kasi dito medyo
nervous ako kasi
I couldn’t do anything about the games, dito lang ako sa
update]. So medyo
frustrating kasi walang
TV coverage at hindi ko alam kung anong nangyayari sa
Phil commended new Azkal Angel Guirado for his amazing performance during the game. Angel scored two goals in the match against Bangladesh. “Yes, magaling siya.
[From the start] confident ako
he can do the job. Matangkad siya,
six foot three, matipuno siya,
so he’s very good and I look forward to playing with him in the next game.”
He was also ecstatic that they would be advancing to the 2012 finals together with other football-playing countries like North Korea (World Cup qualifier), India (2008 champ), Tajikistan (2006 champ), Maldives, and Turkmenistan. “Siyempre masaya ako, sobrang
proud ako sa kanila kasi nanalo kami sa
Myanmar. Excited ako
for next year kasi may
championship and na-
qualify na kami. I am looking forward to competing with North Korea siguro
since pinakamalakas sila kasi
they were in the World Cup.”
But more than the pressure on the Philippine Azkals to bring home victories from each of their tournaments, Phil is glad that his beloved sport has captured the hearts of many Filipinos. “The Philippines is just starting, the Azkals are just starting. It’s the first time in the history that we'll be playing in this competition. So for Philippines to be competing against those teams, it’s a big accomplishment already. Sobrang
and privileged kasi dati hindi sikat, pero ngayon ang
Azkals sikat na sikat.
For me, sobrang
proud ako and sana tuloy tuloy ang