MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos in Kuwait cheered their hearts out for the Azkals, even as the Philippine National Football team lost to Kuwait in the 1st leg of the 2nd round World Cup qualifier.
Filipinos in Kuwait show their support for the Azkals.
ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo reported that Filipino fans filled a large part of the stadium 2 hours before the game even started.
Azkals coach Michael Weiss thanked the Filipinos who came out to support the Azkals after the game.
"You see what’s going on here," Weiss told Castillejo after the game as he gestured to the crowd. "In the Gulf region especially, 10,000 people from the Philippines. I think they're happy despite the loss."
The Filipinos in the stadium showed up in Azkals shirt to show their support for the team. Some brought banners, while others waved the Philippine flag.
The Azkals, meanwhile, thanked their supporters on Twitter.
"Thank you to all the Filipinos who supported us," Phil Younghusband tweeted. "And its still not over."
"Thank you all for supporting.. Sorry about the result but we have Thursday to make it up," said Anton del Rosario.
"Tough result tonight. Unfortunate goals. Maraming salamat sa inyong suporta. Words cannot express how much it means to us," said Jason Sabio.