It was a late February day and Green Archers United's goalie, Patrick Deyto was driving to Asian Hospital to have his eye checked. A a tiny vein had burst due to excessive coughing, causing a small red dot beside his pupil. But it was nothing serious.
Deyto wasn't called up to the Azkals' trip to Malaysia and Dubai, and was looking forward to a restful weekend without Football. It would be the perfect respite for a body suffering from some minor niggles here and there. Par for the course for a pro Footballer.
Then suddenly his phone rings. And his weekend, and in fact his whole life, changed forever.
It was Jaron Genota of the Azkals management. Come to the PFF ASAP, he implored, while presenting a list of requirements for a UAE visa. He was needed for the friendlies.
It turns out Ed Sacapaño didn't receive his clearance from the Philippine Army in time, and therefore the team lacked a keeper.
“I was shocked. I didn't know what to do,” admitted Deyto. “But I couldn't say no, even if IRead More »from New Azkals goalkeeper Deyto savors his moment in the spotlight