Veteran German coach Erich Rutemoller has been named advisor for the soon-to-be formed Under-23 squad national football team to the Southeast Asian Games.
He will assist Azkals coach Michael Weiss in preparing the team to a competition where the Philippines has established a reputation as the tournament’s whipping boy.
Since competing in the regional meet for over two decades, the country has never contended for a SEAG football medal.
The Philippine Football Association hopes to change all that with Wiess at the helm and Rutemoller backing him up.
“He’s coming over because I want to make sure the team (U-23) will be given the same appreciation and attention like the Azkals,” Weiss said of his mentor.
The SEA Games will be held in Indonesia from Nov. 11 to 25 in Palembang and the capital city of Jakarta.
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