Our man Neil Etheridge in Nepal

Ah shoot. I meant to have this post up in preview of the event, but work, life, and my forgetfulness all got in the way. Anywho, Neil Etheridge is currently in Nepal with the with the Philippines competing in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup. And doing a pretty fine job too.

In a group with North Korea, Tajikstan, and India, the Philippines had a fairly straightforward group. Although, according to an AFC press release about the draw, they had a “proverbial mountain to climb…with the only ASEAN nation in the finals pooled in Group B with inaugural champions Tajikistan, 2008 winners India and DPR Korea, who emerged victorious from the 2010 competition.”

Neil Etheridge and his fellow Azkals would ultimately finish second in the group; losing the opening match to North Korea 2-0, defeating India 2-0, and then coming from behind to beat Tajikstan 2-1 on an 80th minute goal by Ángel Guirado just a few hours ago. Will post video when I can find it.

The Philippines face Group A winners Turkmenistan on Friday. My math may be off, but they kick off at 4:30am EST. Ouch.


3 thoughts on “Our man Neil Etheridge in Nepal

  1. According to Wikipedia, “The AFC Challenge Cup is an international football competition for emerging nations (those in the lowest of three categories as designated by the AFC president) that are members of the Asian Football Confederation.” In other words, the AFC Challenge Cup isn’t the FA Cup, it isn’t even the Carling Cup, it’s the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy of Asia.

    That being said, the last two tournaments the Philippines didn’t even qualify, and now they’re playing well and our man Etheridge is a star. Great to see them doing well. Come on you Azkals!

  2. Hey it maybe the least of the Cups but were climbing the ladder slowly but surely. We were tops in Asia and have a Filipino Paulino Alcantara as Barcelonas best ever scorer with 357 goals in 357 games.We lost focus on Football when the americans came and the past 2 years the basketball money is now slowly moving to football. My 6 yr old boy is currently on trial with Everton Academy(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo1cumE1tbA) hopefully he will reach that level to represent the Philippines in the future. Truly Football world were coming!

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