first_imgPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETTeary-eyed Philippine Azkals manager Dan Palami thanked every player and member of his staff after the squad pulled off its biggest milestone yet on Tuesday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The journey to the Asian Cup has been arduous for the Azkals and for their biggest backer, it was a fitting reward for his belief and doggedness in keeping the squad together even when help outside the Philippine Football Federation didn’t come.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “It’s the story of every Filipino. We are able to achieve a lot of things because of our perseverance.”At the Asian Cup, Palami vowed that the team won’t just be in the competition to make up the numbers.“Hopefully, we will be the Iceland in the Asian Cup,” said Palami, referring to the small Nordic country, which nailed a first World Cup berth last year, becoming the smallest nation to pull off the feat.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PSC names 10 priority sports View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “We were just trying,” said Palami. “I think that says it all. We’ve been through a lot, especially for me. We have not always been successful, but to make it to the bigger stage, after all those heartaches, it’s fulfilling. It’s a feeling that can’t be described.”Palami started bankrolling the national team in 2010 and months later, the Azkals rose to prominence with a first semifinal appearance in the AFF Suzuki Cup in Hanoi, Vietnam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut maintaining the team is a financially daunting task.“Sometimes you look at your bank account, you just think if it’s all worth it,” said Palami. “These are the kinds of moments that make everything worth it. MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img

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