While the Azkals have swept the country like a tropical storm, many probably do not know that there is a Junior team that goes by many names (or numbers): Under-23 Philippine National Football Team, U-21, U-16, etc. Heck, there’s even a U-14 (and younger or so I’ve heard). If the numbers might confuse you, don’t feel abashed as they continuously drive me insane – and I’m supposed to understand them right.
In any case, this numbers game has driven me to digress. My main point is introduce our latest interviewee, Amani Aguinaldo, who recently participated in the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy in Brunei, representing the U-21 National Team. At 16 years old, he’s not quite the Azkals yet (Senior team-wise) but promising enough for Philippine football. Oh and he’s incredibly tall so if you can’t find him in the photos, the trick is to look for the tallest figure.
While not as chatty as our previous interviewees, Amani or Mani is still a sight to behold on the pitch and we expect to see more of him. Read about Mani in Mani Matters: Passing the Ball to Amani Aguinaldo at the Azkals Website where it was first posted.