Abigail Valte congratulate Phil Younghusband, Philippine Azkals


Statement of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte:On the victory of the Philippine Azkals against Palestine
 [Released on March 20, 2012]
Yesterday, our countrymen put four goals past the Palestine keeper en route to winning third place in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup—the highest our country has ever placed in the competition. Our players took the field against some of the better teams in the region, including eventual champions, DPR Korea.
We join the Filipino people in congratulating our national team for this feat; and we likewise congratulate our striker, Phil Younghusband, who scored the most goals in the entire tournament to receive the Golden Boot award.
Despite the odds, our players and coaches exceeded expectations, gave us reason to be proud, and taught us to believe that we can truly achieve global success in the sport, as long as our players remain dedicated to improving themselves individually and as a team.
The Aquino administration believes this is an attitude that all Filipinos can learn from and apply. Our Philippine Azkals have made all of us believe that when the Filipino remains dedicated, and works hard, then our country can continue enjoying success, both on and off the football pitch.