Planning Pays Dividends for Philippines
The 13-1 defeat to Indonesia in the 2002 Tiger Cup was perhaps the best thing that could have happened, though a distraught Philippines perhaps did not see it that away, especially after seeing their side respectively lose 6-1 and 4-1 to Myanmar and Vietnam earlier in the competition.
Having reached their lowest point, the Azkals decided something had to be done, with the Philippine Football Association (PFF) immediately launching the Azkal Programme, the aim of which was to prevent such painful defeats from ever happening again. The plan seems to have worked. Details