BANGKOK – The Philippine men’s football team is weighing an appeal on coach Michael Weiss’ suspension ahead of the Azkals’ second match in the Asean Football Federation Sukuki Cup on Tuesday.
“We’re considering that but normally it’s very difficult to reverse the decision of the referee,” Weiss, who is set to sit out the Vietnam match, said on Sunday.
“I don’t think it’s realistic. We’ll take it as it is,” Weiss added. “Sometimes, it’s good to observe from the bird’s perspective to see some things…its not a drama, but we are used to take difficult situations positively."
The Azkals lost to Thailand in the opener last Saturday in a game where the German mentor was ejected for throwing the ball at a hurting Thai booter who was lying on the pitch in the second half.
Despite being prohibited to stay on the bench and is just allowed to watch the game against Vietnam on November 27 on the bleachers, Weiss will still give instructions like he was on the sidelines.
“I will prepare the team as if I would be on the bench and I will try to get in contact and if it’s necessary in halftime, I will send out some directives and also make some changes from there,” said Weiss, who’s duties will be handed over to assistant Edzel Bracamonte.
Starting striker Phil Younghushand definitely hopes the decision will be overturned, but remains confident of the Azkals’ chances of scoring their first victory in Southeast Asia’s premier football tournament.
“We’d obviously like our coach to be there to motivate us and give us the added push, but I think with the game plan we have and the people we have on the field, we can do a lot of coaching on the field,” he said.