FACEBOOK and Twitter have made recruitment much easier for Philippine Azkals team manager Dan Palami.
The man largely credited for the renaissance of the sport in the country admitted that social networking sites have played a big role in discovering and learning more about foreign-based players with Filipino blood who have the potential to play for the Azkals.
“With the advent of Facebook and Twitter, it’s easier for the national team to get information and recruit players,” said Palami.
One case in point is new recruit Javier Patino, a Filipino-Spanish striker who is set to join the Azkals following his stint with Spanish second-division club Cordoba.
Palami got to know Patino via the internet as he was recommended by several people through social networking sites.
It was also via those same social networking sites that they were able to confirm his interest in playing for the team.
“He was recommended and scouted in the internet. Eventually, his relatives confirmed that he is Filipino. We also confirmed from him that he is interested to play for the Azkals,” said Palami.