The next match may be a few weeks away, but Philippine Azkals coach Michael Weiss insisted that it should not be a reason for several players not to show up or even slow down in training.
Weiss aired his concern following reports that several players from the first team have not been regularly showing up during the first week of training camp for the Long Teng Cup in Taiwan slated next month.
Weiss said he is not afraid to relegate players in the pecking order if they fail to correct their attitude.
“The concern is that once you start to rest, once you start to take a little more slower approach and once you think you have achieved something in football, its the first step to decline and a couple of players obviously do not understand that,” Weiss told the Inquirer.
Weiss, however, did not name the players.
The Azkals went on a month-long break after losing to Kuwait in the second round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers last July 28. They are scheduled to leave for Bacolod tomorrow to undergo a week-long training camp until September 15.
The German coach stressed that training in preparation for matches should be a “daily bread” for players.
“I’ve seen players more on billboards coming from Alabang to the training. I see them on billboards more often than on the pitch,” said Weiss. “And here they are on clubs and wherever they are. If that is their major priority now, they have to do that. But they shouldn’t be surprised if they are not too high on the list of the coaching staff and the management.”
The Azkals face defending champion Hong Kong on September 28, before playing Chinese-Taipei and Macau on October 2 and 4. They are also scheduled to visit Singapore on October 6 for a friendly.
YAHOO PH - Hours after Philippine bet Shamcey Supsup was named as the 3rd runner-up at the Miss Universe 2011 pageant, a purported statement from U.S. “Queen of Talk” Oprah Winfrey spread like wildfire online.
This alleged statement was aired via NBC News: “I have reservations with the results. If the only basis is the Q and A portion, after having been trimmed down to 5, Ms. Philippines deserved to win. What made her different from the rest is that she had no seconds to rethink of her answer as she had no interpreter to break the ice. The rest had their interpreters and having breaks on seconds to think about their answers. Hands down, Ms. Philippines answered straight to the point.”
But sorry to burst your bubble, the highly influential celebrity did not actually say that.
Answering a query on the alleged statement, a moderator on Oprah's official website Oprah.com said Oprah has not issued "any comments of this nature."
OWNModerator13 responded: "There is no truth to the statement. Ms. Winfrey has not made any comments of this nature. Thank you for asking."