27 January 2013
Despite no signed contract yet , Coach Weiss to begin Azkals preparations
Karl Decena, InterAKTV
Despite not yet signing his contract extension, coach Hans Michael Weiss will still lead the Philippine national men’s football team as it starts its preparations for the 2014 Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup qualifiers in March.
Weiss, whose contract expired last January 16, said that his new six-month deal with the Azkals has yet to be finalized.
“No contract has been signed yet,” Weiss told InterAKTV. “I will start the training on Monday. That is important because we’re already behind schedule.”
The Philippine Football Federation and the team management said last week that they are only furnishing the details of the new contract of Weiss, who is expected to sign the extension that will allow him to handle the Azkals for the Challenge Cup qualifiers in March, a tournament that will determine the German coach’s future with the squad.
Two years ago, Weiss was hired by the Azkals upon the recommendation of the German Football Association which gave financial assistance to the country’s football development.
The Azkals are now preparing for the Challenge Cup qualifiers in March at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, where they look to top their group against Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia and Turkmenistan to qualify for the tournament proper in Maldives next year.