PHILIPPINE Football Federation president Mariano ‘Nonong’ Araneta said he was not out to attack Michael Weiss but only gave his candid personal take on the Azkals’ performance under their German coach in an interview granted to Spin.ph on Wednesday.
Araneta said he is not denying Weiss credit after an eventful year for the national football team and only gave “constructive criticism” so the flaws in the Azkals’ game can be addressed – something that he felt had been blurred by “negativity” in the story. (To see the full article, click here)
“Of course, we should also credit Weiss for the national team’s success. Nagawa niya ring third place ‘yung ating team sa Challenge Cup, nag-champion tayo sa Peace Cup,” Araneta said. “Medyo nasapawan ng negativeness (yung story), may nagawa naman siyang maganda.”
Weiss’ contract is up for renewal this month and his performance is currently under review by the PFF’s technical committee.
In pointing out the weaknesses in the Azkals’ game, the former national booter said he hopes these could be addressed as the team moves forward.
“Sabi ko nga, we should look at the weaknesses and magnify the strengths,” said the PFF chief. “In the implementation of anything, there are some things that don’t go well. But next time, you have to see to it that these are corrected.”
Meanwhile, former Philippine Olympic Committee president and staunch PFF critic Cristy Ramos insisted Araneta’s observations which came out in the Spin.ph story painted the true picture of the state of the Azkals’ game.
The outspoken former presidential daughter, also a former Fifa and AFC match commissioner said: “The story is a reality check. Nonong shouldn’t be ashamed of what he said. Unless he is pressured, Nonong should let the story stay.”
“No one likes negative criticism, but I think it’s about time everybody wakes up. We didn’t even rule the Suzuki Cup, and that’s just Asean (level),” she continued.