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Friday, March 25, 2011

Earthquakes appear to follow where Azkals go


The Philippine Azkals are becoming synonymous to the word earthquake nowadays.

That’s because the destructive natural disaster seems to follow them wherever they go.

When the northern part of Japan was rocked by the powerful magnitude 9 quake on March 11 – believed to be the strongest ever to hit the island nation – the Azkals were in Gotemba City for their acclimatization training against Mongolia for their second leg match in the AFC Challenge Cup pre-qualifying.

The national team, though, was spared from wrath of the 140-foot tsunami triggered by the tremor although thousands of people were left homeless, injured missing and dead.

Exactly two weeks after that harrowing experience, the Philippine Azkals have apparently been followed by another earth-shaking ordeal.

On Thursday night, a magnitude 7 earthquake shook the northeastern part of Myanmar, site of the Azkals’ ongoing qualifying group stage matches in the Challenge Cup.

In a TV interview Thursday night, members of the team said they felt the shaking in their hotel in Rangoon as they were watching the previous matches of the Bangladesh squad, their final opponent and the team they needed to beat last night to advance to the main draw of the event.

Baguio City was also rocked by a magnitude five earthquake on February 18 or two days before the Azkals started their high-altitude training in the City of Pines for their second leg match opposite Mongolia.


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