AFTER a fourth place finish in the recent Soong Ching Ling Cup in Beijing, China, the Philippine Under-13 football team is optimistic that they can compete in various international arenas.
After observing how other teams played, team manager Andrew Infante said the team is competitive and can play against stronger squads in Asia.
“After seeing a representation of China’s grassroots program and other ASEAN countries, we have come to realize that the Philippines can compete well with their standards. Our team can compete well,” Infante said.
He added that the short training of the players prior to the tournament is one of the reasons why they came up short of a podium finish.
“Most, if not all, of the participating teams trained longer than us. We need to train and prepare longer for our players to be exposed. If we have ample preparation, then it might improve our play,” Infante shared.
He suggested a formal grassroots football program be established in order to raise game standards in the country.
Represented by Negros Occidental booters, the team ranked fourth place after losing to China, 2-1.
Despite the loss, the squad improved their fifth place standing last year.