Kuwait Vs. Azkals– Game Review

So the 2nd round of the qualifying match for the FIFA 2014 in Brazil for the Philippines and Kuwait was done last night– the first leg. And so, here’s my thought over this one. This maybe more on the Azkals.

The Azkals without their team Captain, Aly Borromeo and another defending midfielder, Stephan Schrock has to face Kuwait with some missing defenders. The two are among the most prominent team members who shook the field with their skills and momentum. Even before the suspension of these two guys, the Azkalas has some issues regarding their defense due to the fact that they have a lot of players who are attackers. And so, the play that they had against Sri Lanka was good enough due to the fact that they had put a lot of players on the defense but also with great effort on the midfield for penetration for the attack.

With the loss of two mid-defenders, the coach needs to fill in some gaps in the play. And so, the formation was 4-5-1, with only Phil Younghusband on the top and a lot of players on defense. The defense was good, but one can see that the penalty box is a bit crowded, with almost 8 Azkals in front of Ethridge and a mere 5 rivals, making it a good defense but somewhat messy. The counter attacks are also not strong, there are only a few moments on the first half that Phil Younghusband with Angel Guirado or James Younghusband can make it through the penalty box of the opponent– seems impossible for them to beyond the second defender. The clear was good, Phil can get the ball but a lack of support and 2-3 opponents defending for the ball seems impossible for him to make it a goal.

The two prominent attempt for a goal for the Azkals were Phil’s and Angel’s. Phil’s attempt was one of the of the few that seems lucky, outrunning the last man and facing the goalkeeper now but was too early to release the ball, and so was deflected by the keeper. And Angel’s head-shot that went for the bar, it could have been their confidence-booster.

I’ve read some comments after the game saying that Azkal’s a weak team, and for that I would never agree! They had a good game, they played intelligently, if they had lessen the number of defenders, the goal difference could have been wider. On the other side, yes, the Azkal could have scored if they had more attacking midfielders or attackers. But, we cannot deny the fact that when it comes to ball possession Kuwait’s team has an advantage. They had too much space, the Azkals were anticipating for an attack without making one for them.

This is their first time to face the Kuwait’s team, a strong team whose highest ranking on FIFA was 24th, and as of now are 50 slots higher than them, we’re not citing excuses here, what my point is the fact that Azkal is still young and they need a lot of things to learn as a team. And I hope on the 2nd leg, with the home-field advantage they can give us a better game. Last night’s was good, but we need to evolve faster; this is the highest round we had in FIFA.

As for the Kuwait’s team, they had ball possesion, maximization of the field and field switching is faster than the Azkals can anticipate, but they have to agree that it was a bit difficult to penetrate the Azkal’s defense.

Davao’s Mayor Sarah

A lot of fuzz has been heard over what the Mayor of Davao City did to a court sheriff. And I think a thought from someone inside Davao is better be heard. Yeah, I am not someone important in this city,but my voice is better be heard.

I am for the Mayor. I am not saying that what she did was right, smacking someone is not a right thing to do, but looking deeper, somewhat she has a reason to do it. I would rather smack someone than lost a lot of lives. A 2-hour extension before the demolition team would tear down thousands of properties. Of course, anyone whose home would be destroyed by the demolition team would do anything to stop what was suppose to happen.

The Mayor, after trying to help the flood-stricken citizen on the other parts of Davao, asked the sheriff and the judge to give her a 2-hour extension for her to be there, so as to avoid loss of lives. 2 hours is not long, it will make the demolition easier without even the slightest chance for anyone to get hurt. That was a spur of the moment. And we should also try to understand that the Mayor is undergoing a lot of things, she has a city to protect so she needs understanding.

She’s only protecting her people. She cared for her people. Davao has been and will always be the Safest place for anyone to live due to the protection of our local government.

This is one of the most livable city around the world, and we know that our Mayor would do anything to protect us. The bad comments of people outside of Davao city will never matter to her.  Her mind is focused to her city and her people and for that I salute her.

Artificial brain

During the annual Technology, Entertainment, Design global conference a british professor had told the confereence that he is developing an artificial brain. And he also said that this can be done in the next 10 years. With the aid of this technology many mentally sick person can be given a new way of treatment for themselves.

Though the professor, Professor Henry Markham, told the conference that the human brain is one of the most complex organ in the body making it nearly as a scary organ. But still, he doesn’t think that the project is really impossible. He told the conference that if he think he had completed the idea or the solution for it, he will send a hologram of his project.

Now, he is studying how to complete a rat’s brain. Yet, he told the press that scientist need to stop using animals in their research because it is so cruel, making all the animal rights activists so happ about the news.

If this be true, hmmm…. I’ll just cross my finger and wait.

Trying my luck

wild wild world

wild wild world


A word that embodies a lot of mystery. Something that is good or bad, depending on the prefix that you might want to add on it. But mainly I guess, this is something that everybody had in them. Luck.

I guess, looking at the Sweepstakes Millions, I was numbed by the 7-digit number. What would you do, if one day you woke up and found yourself a millionaire? Me? I’ll spank myself to check if I’m only dreaming. Come on, I still dream of that.

But luck doesn’t go always with money. Maybe a game. Maybe on an exam. Maybe on many things that you don’t know what would happen next. Something that you call everything in this wild wild world.


August 2020