MANILA, Philippines - Azkals coach Michael Weiss was not happy with the national football team's performance in a test match at the Rizal Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
With less than 2 weeks before the team heads off to the Middle East for a series of matches, Weiss admitted that the Azkals have lot to improve on.
"The preparation now, as far as the Challenge Cup is concerned, is far from ideal," he said.
However, Weiss does not entirely attribute the team's performance to the players alone.
"It doesn't look so good if I compare this to last week's performance. But on the other hand, if you come together only once a week and meet for only for a short time, the result can really be like that," he explained.
Weiss said the Azkals will have 3 matches abroad.
The team will be in Dubai on February to face the Azerbaijan team and Australian under-23 team.
They will also head to Qatar for a match against Al-Arabi.
He stressed that it is important for the team to meet every day to be able to develop their strategy, defensive tactics and set pieces.
He also hopes to make best use of their limited time, saying that they no longer have the same grip on players as they used to.
Nevertheless, Weiss remains optimistic.
"Hopefully, the team grows together and plays together as we did last week with the Koreans. Because today was not a very outstanding performance," he said.