|XI against Vietnam *|
After suffering through two awful defeats, the Philippines finally won one to salvage some ounce of pride. I had to admit I was expecting the worst. After all, Matthew Hartmann, our team Captain put it upon himself to abandon ship before the ship even sank! Though of course I am not privy to the true state of affairs between him and the coaching crew, it still begs the question, why would you leave your team? You are the Captain and as far as I know, the coach did not take it away from him before he left. Another issue was that supposedly one or both of the brothers had their girlfriends stay at the same hotel which was a violation of team policy. One would think a young team like that would just tuck tail and run, or worse have parts of the team siding with the coaches and another with the affected brother/brothers. So this was the situation confronting my young Azkals before the game.