Last April 27, Azkals forward Phil Younghusband finally returned to the football field for training for a Luzon-based club tournament which starts in May. The 23 year-old was out from the sport for five weeks in order to rest and do rehab after sustaining a hamstring injury during the Azkals game versus Mongolia’s Blue Wolves in Ulan Bator last March. Phil, who underwent hydrotherapy as part of his rehab exercises, was looking forward to getting back in top form in time for the World Cup qualifiers against Sri Lanka on June 29. The Azkals reunite in May when the other Fil-American and Fil-European players fly back to the country to start official training for the Philippine men’s national soccer team in May.
According to TV Patrol
’s April 27 broadcast, the Fil-Brit athlete was eager to return to the game and was already seen suited up and ready to practice at the San Beda College football field as early as 6 am. “Light training lang, hindi ito
intense. It’s good to be back. Pero dapat dahan-dahan kasi siguro may
t,” Phil told TV Patrol
After practice, Phil, along with his older brother James went straight to the Marine grounds where more than 150 children participated in a summer football clinic. Some of these aspiring soccer players, who came from Gawad Kalinga and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were given scholarships for the Younghusband Football Academy. “A lot of kids have a lot of interest in football now and it’s great we can help teach these kids and keep them interested in sports,” James shared with TV Patrol
. Phil and his brother James established the Younghusband Football Academy as part of their endeavor to merge their love for the country and to help promote football in the Philippines.