The Little Azkals under-13 team failed to enter the quarterfinals of the 2015 SuperMokh Cup after bowing to Japan’s Yokohama FC, 1-4, at the MSN Field in Bukita Jalil, Malaysia on Thursday.
The Philippine team, who was unable to register a win after four games, was overwhelmed by the Japanese squad during their meeting in the crossover playoff match.
The Little Azkals, composed of standouts from all over the country, bowed out of contention after losing to foes in Group D, among them Spain’s Rayo Vallecano FC, Suwon Samsung Bluewings FC of South Korea and Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor.
In their first match, the Little Azkals took a beating from Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor FC, 0-6, before suffering another loss to Spain’s Rayo Vallecano, 0-8.
The Philippines, in the group stage of the tournament, was again defeated in the last elimination stage match by the Bluewings of South Korea, 0-4.
Besides the Little Azkals, United Football League club Global FC’s U12 team is also representing the Philippines in the under-12 category of the tilt. The squad has been playing in Group D together with Sepahan FC of Iran, PSW Futera of Thailand, South Korea’s Haeundae FC and Bintang Biru of Malaysia.
In contrast to their older compatriots playing in the international youth tourney, Global FC is currently on top of their group with five points after a win and two draws.
Jaelle Nevin Reyes