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Ito ang naging buod sa naging desisyon ng pamunuan ng Azkals sa paglaglag sa magkapatid na Phil at James Younghusband sa lineup ng Philippine Peace Cup na magsisimula ngayong gabi sa Rizal Memorial Stadium at nagbitin sa kanilang partisipasyon sa mga susunod pang kompetisyon ng team.
"The PFF is very grateful for the contribution of the brothers and we are thankful for what they have given on a personal and professional level and in all levels of Philippine football and the national team," ani Philippine Football Federation marketing and communications head Ebong Joson.
"But at the same time the coaching staff needs to field in the strongest roster. Unfortunately the PFF cannot meet some of the demands of the brothers."
Mga demands na, aniya, ay 'di na kayang sikmurain ng Azkals lalo na't nalalapit na ang AFF Suzuki Cup sa Thailand sa Nobyembre kung saan naghahabol ng mas mataas na finish ang bansa mula nang pumasok sa semifinals noong 2010.
"One, they are economic -- even half of which of the amount the PFF could not handle. And the non-economic with regards to their schedules, commitment to schedules and how it been written down -- an example is they're not free the half of October for any matches."
Nakakagulat ang pagkawala ng dalawang player lalo na si Phil dahil sa pagiging star striker nito nang magpasok ito ng 26 goals sa 37 caps sa Azkals.
No longer tolerable
"Sometimes things have to be done for the sake of the team," bungad ni Azkals coach Hans Michael Weiss nang makapanayam ng media sa press conference ng Peace Cup kahapon sa Century Park Hotel sa Maynila.
"Phil and James are the people I communicate most not only in football related stuff," dagdag pa ng German mentor. "My relationship with the boys is good and I'm always in communication with them. I told them how important they are for the team."
Bagay na pinagsisihan na ngayon ng coach dahil sa tila naging dahilan, aniya, ito ng paglaki ng ulo ng mag-utol.
"I gave them time for their other activities again, and again, and again and again. But it comes to a point where it is no longer acceptable in front of the other players.
"I have players that give up their lives from Germany, Denmark, Iceland and other countries and then I have players that are 50% of the time unavailable, this is a process now of 1 ½ years and I was surprise of myself how lenient and understandable I could be as a coach, but they performed but now they overstretched a little bit too much. It comes to a point where you have to make a decision."
'Di tumupad sa pangako
Bago pa man sumingaw ang kontroberysal na pagsipa sa nagsilbing mukha ng Philippine football, ikinuwento ni Weiss na nakausap na niya nang personal ang dalawa at nangako naman ng komitment para sa team.
"They made a promise in a restaurant in Alabang in June where I told them that I cannot already tolerate that they are out most of the time and they're physical condition now is very low and we can see that in the recent trainings," sambit pa ni Weiss.
"The plan is very clear in September we have the Southeast Asian tour, in October we have the Bahrain camp, then we go to Japan at the beginning of November so you have to attend all the practices that will give us three months to make you top fit.
"They said: 'coach we will only miss one match that will be in Laos because of the death anniversary of our mother,'" dugtong pa nito.
"They left at the middle of our tour up to the Singapore match and that's OK. And then they made another suggestion that we cannot meet, that only they can be with the team when their rigorous commercial duties allows them to be. And of course that is not tolerable."
Naghamon pa ang coach na kung pinayagan pa ito ng management ay posibleng umalis na ito sa team, "If they (management) accepted that I would have quit my job."