Statement of President Aquino on the Azkals winning the 1st AFC prequalifier match against Mongolia, February 9, 2011

His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
On the Philippine Azkals’ victory during the first leg of their 2012 Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup prequalifying match vs. Mongolia on February 9, 2011
[Released on February 9, 2011]
I, along with the rest of the Filipino people, congratulate the Philippine Azkals for winning the first leg of their prequalifier match versus Mongolia 2-0 in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup this Wednesday night. I am grateful to you for bringing pride and honor to Filipinos the world over.
Your two goals showcased both Filipino creativity and the hard work you put in to master your sport. You brought our people together, and reminded us once again that, united, we can reclaim our nation’s glory. We look forward to cheering you on toward more triumphs.