Azkals’ Caligdong inspires young football players

Chieffy Caligdong | Photo by groovychicmaeth

By Kenneth Ladigohon


Philippine Azkals footballer Chieffy Caligdong cheered on young football players competing in a tournament held in his home town of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.

The tournament was participated by children 11 years old and below.

“Ang mabibigay ko na advice, i-enjoy lang nila [ang laro],” said Caligdong, one of the full-blooded Filipino players in the Azkals’ line-up.

Caligdong, who is best remembered for his “nutmeg” goal during the Challenge Cup qualifying tie against Mongolia last February, is one of the local heroes of football crazy Barotac Nuevo.

The 28-year-old Ilonggo, who also plays as a left winger for the Philippine Air Force football club, told the aspiring football players that they also need to be diligent to succeed in the sport.

“Dapat may dedication sa sport at mag training ng mabuti,” he said.

Caligdong and the rest of the Azkals are on a month-long vacation following their successful stint in the Challenge Cup group stage in Myanmar.

The team will regroup again in May to prepare for their World Cup qualifying tie against Sri Lanka on June 29. Source