Left photo: PH Team Captain Stephan Schröck (in white) steers the ball away as the Lions close in. (Photo by Mr. Augustus Palagud, Singapore PE)
Middle photo: Personnel from the Philippine Embassy in Singapore led by Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul General Adrian Bernie C. Candolada (front) came out to support the Azkals in their first game against the Singapore Lions on 8 December 2021. The game drew 8,922 spectators to the national stadium
Big smiles from the Singapore’s Lions after their win last Wednesday against the Philippines Azkals. (Photo by Mr. Augustus Palagud, Singapore PE)
(11 December 2021, Singapore) – The Filipino community in Singapore gathered at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallang on 08 December 2021 to show support for the Azkals, the Philippine football team, in their opening game against the Singapore Lions.
Led by team captain Stephan Schröck, the Azkals are in Singapore to compete in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2020 which runs from 5 December 2021 to 1 January 2022. A total of ten (10) teams are vying for the AFF Suzuki Cup trophy.
The Azkals managed to draw the Lions for the first forty-five minutes. But in the second half, the Lions showed their superb form by scoring two goals in a span of three minutes. Azkals’ midfielder Amin Nazari retalilated by heading home a corner kick in the 69th minute, igniting a torrid comeback drive for the Azkals for the remainder of the game. The Azkals had several opportunities to equalize the score but ran out of time.
Filipino football fans at the designated fan zones inside the stadium waved Philippine flags as they cheered on the fighting Azkals.
Filipinos in Singapore are encouraged to catch the Azkals’ next game later, 11 December at 5:30 p.m. against Timor-Leste. The Suzuki Cup is a fully-vaccinated event and safe distancing measures and proper health protocols, such as wearing of face masks, are strictly observed.