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PFF officially parts ways with former Azkals coach Hans Michael Weiss

InterAKTV file photo/Markku Seguerra

InterAKTV file photo/Markku Seguerra

The Philippine Football Federation announced on Monday that coach Hans Michael Weiss will no longer be part of the Azkals.

“The Philippine Football Federation discontinued the services of Michael Weiss as head coach of the Men’s National Team effective 15 January 2014. The coaching staff will be reformed in time for the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 Finals in May 2014,” the PFF said in a statement.

“PFF made a year-end evaluation with team management and determined that a re-organization of the coaching staff is best for the team.

“PFF officials thanked Coach Weiss for his contributions to the national team.”

Weiss took over the Azkals in 2011 shortly after their memorable run in the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup the year before. The squad scaled unprecedented heights with him at the helm, bagging third place in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup in 2012 and advancing to the Suzuki Cup semifinals for the second straight time last year.

The Azkals also won two straight Philippine Football Peace Cup titles and enjoyed their highest world ranking at 127th last year under the watch of Weiss.

Weiss signed an extension last year, with the agreement that he will still coach the Azkals should they qualify in the 2014 Challenge Cup in Maldives this May.

The German coach then led the squad in winning the Challenge Cup qualifiers in Manila, before setting his sights to a crown in the tournament proper which will book them a ticket to the prestigious 2015 Asian Cup.

However, after a three-year stint with the Azkals, Weiss confirmed to InterAksyon.com last Saturday that he will no longer coach the national team.

The management said that it is considering six international coaches for the replacement of Weiss which will be announced before the month ends.

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