PHILIPIPNE men’s football team manager Dan Palami said he believes the feud between Azkals players and coach can be resolved as he seeks the patience and continued support from fans.
Two days after overseas-based standouts Stephan Schrock and Dennis Cagara announced their refusal to play for the national team as long as Thomas Dooley remains head coach, Palami broke his silence with a post on the social networking site Twitter.
“Through sustained dialogue forged on mutual respect, I am optimistic we will reach a resolution that will be most beneficial to the team and that will bring us even closer to our common goals,” he said.
“It is natural even amongst family for differences to arise, especially when changes are introduced,” he added. “At the end of the day, however, it is good to be reminded that every single one in the Azkals family actually shares the same dream: to unite Filipinos through their love for the Beautiful Game and to bring Philippine football to the world stage.”
Palami, though, said he is well aware how big of a loss is the duo's departure, permanent or otherwise.
“It is unfortunate that Stephan and Dennis have made their decision not to suit up for the Azkals for now. The level of skill and depth of experience they bring to the game will surely be missed.”
Their exit, though, has drawn various reactions from fans, but Palami has taken them in stride.
“Fans and football observers — whether informed or misinformed — have expressed strong opinions on the choices that players and management should make, and I choose to take that as evidence of how much we’ve all come to care for the future of Philippine football.”
The national manager is ultimately hoping for continued support from the Azkals’ fans ahead of their buildup for the Philippine Football Peace Cup next month and the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup in November.
“We count on your support even more now as we focus on the Peace Cup in September and the Suzuki Cup in November.”