Serbian excited to coach U21, U23 football teams


Posted at Jan 26 2012 05:30 PM | Updated as of Jan 27 2012 01:30 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Serbian football coach Zoran Djordjevic said he is looking forward to work with the Philippine Under 21 (U21) and Under 23 (U23) football teams.

"I'm very optimistic because of what I saw during the first few days, it's unbelievable talent of boys, full of enthusiasm and passion. Mr. Dan [Palami] have (sic) great ambition and willing to put the future of Philippine football in the highest level" Djordjevic said in Soccer Central.

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) recently signed Djordjevic to let German Hans Michael Weiss concentrate on the Philippine Azkals.

First in Djordjevic’s task list is to prepare the Philippine U21 team for the Hassanal Bolkiah Cup in February.

"They will (have to) show themselves in official games, important, under pressure and result oriented games. This is the time to talk, we will show ourselves in the games and the results," he said.

Djordjevic will also train the Philippine U23 team for the 2013 Southeast Asian Games.

The 60-year-old Serbian coach has an impressive football resume.

Djordjevic steered Bangladesh's national football team to a first place finish in the 2010 South Asian Games. He was also the former head coach of the Sudan and Yemen national teams.

He also managed the Churchill Brothers SC in India and was proclaimed as the first foreign coach to win the India Championships.

“[I’m] grateful and very excited for the Football Association of the Philippines give me an opportunity to work with them as football coach, and I take the obligation as the most challenging in my life. I'll do my best as the coach to promote Philippine football in the world level," Djordjevic said.