BANGKOK — Although they have a huge task at hand in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup, Azkals team manager Dan Palami said they are also looking ahead to future tournaments including the anticipated World Cup qualifiers next year.
“We’re looking beyond the Suzuki Cup,” said team manager Dan Palami, the 44-year-old businessman and sportsman who has almost singlehandedly bankrolled the national team since 2010.
Now he is humbly asking for the fans’ help.
“Football has come a long way, but for it to be really successful, everybody has to be part of it.”
“A superman is not enough anymore,” he admitted. “We need super friends now.”
Palami is launching several campaigns this month where fans can further make their presence felt.
One of those campaigns is Small Change, Big Change, a fundraising drive to be set up at SM supermarket cashiers.
Palami said the team will also partner with the country’s telecom companies for a text campaign where fans can also lend a hand.
“It's a way for fans to do more than just cheer; it affords an opportunity for everyone to pitch in and help,” Palami said through the campaign’s newly made Facebook page which now has more than 5,000 likes. “Individually, these are small efforts; put together, they make a huge difference.”