The Philippine Azkals defeated Bangladesh, 3-0, to enter the next stage of the AFC Challenge Cup. While I am happy that the Azkals have qualified for the next stage, I am not a bit impressed with their performance. The Azkals had to face a do-or-die match in a group where they are the highest ranked team. Luckily, the Azkals were able to pull through with a win.
Perhaps, it is time that people, most especially their fans, set higher standards for the Azkals. With all the money and publicity that they are getting, it should be expected for the team to deliver great performances and results. Screaming fans must learn to expect great performances from the Azkals in every game. Media must resist the temptation of always writing praises to the Azkals to force them to give their best in every game. It is time for everyone to demand brilliance from the Azkals.