MANILA, Philippines – Team manager Dan Palami said the Azkals will surely miss Stephan Schröck and Dennis Cagara, who have already announced their resignation from the team, ahead of the Philippine Peace Cup and the 2014 Suzuki Cup.
However, Palami said differences can’t be avoided especially when changes are being enforced in the team.
“The level of skill and depth of experience they bring to the game will surely be missed. It is natural even amongst family for differences to arise, especially when changes are introduced,” Palami said in a statement posted on the Philippine Azkals official Facebook page.
“At the end of the day, however, it is good to be reminded that every single one on the Azkals family actually shares the same dream: To unite Filipinos through their love for the beautiful game and to bring Phil. Football to the world stage.”
Schröck and Cagara have announced that they quit the team due to their differences with coach Thomas Dooley.
Schröck said he was offended by Dooley’s reported preference to build a team composed of newcomers, thereby eliminating several Fil-European players who have been part of the squad in the past.
Dooley, for his part, said he will clarify matters after he returns from Vietnam, where he attended the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup draw.
“We will have a PC (press conference) when I’m back from Vietnam. Then I will make my comments,” he said.
Palami, meanwhile, said he is confident that they will be able to reach a resolution before they prepare for the Peace Cup in September.
He also urged local football fans not to waver with their support for the team, while expressing his gratitude to those who kept on believing in the Azkals despite the controversy generated by the exit of Schröck and Cagara.
“I would like to thank the fans and supporters of the Azkals who continue to believe in the team. Fans and football observers - whether informed or misinformed, have expressed strong opinions on the choices that players and management should make, and I choose to take that as evidence of how much we have all come to care for the future of the Philippine Football,” said Palami.
“We count on your support even more now as we focus on the Peace Cup in September and the Suzuki Cup in November/December.”