Food poisoning downs 8 Azkals players
MANILA – The bid of the Philippine Azkals to defend their title in the ongoing 2013 Peace Cup in Bacolod is now in jeopardy after eight players were hit by food poisoning.
Dr. Emily Zerudo, the medical officer of the Azkals, confirmed on Monday that eight members of the football team are currently suffering from gastric irritation. Five of them have been vomiting, while three have been suffering from diarrhea since Saturday.
The doctor refused to name the affected players.
Of the eight players, one was already brought to the hospital.
The doctor said they are still in the process of investigating what caused the irritation but they are sure that it was caused by food.
The Philippine Azkals are currently in Bacolod City for the Peace Cup against teams from Chinese Taipei and Pakistan.
On Sunday, Pakistan defeated Chinese Taipei, 1-0, in their match at the Panaad Stadium to boost the Azkals’ hopes of retaining their title, after the Philippine team lost to Chinese-Taipei, 2-1, last Friday.
Thanks to Pakistan’s victory, the Azkals still have a chance of retaining the Peace Cup crown if they beat Pakistan by two goals in their match on Tuesday.
However, because of the illness of the players, it is likely that these players may not be able to play for the Azkals' final match with Pakistan tomorrow night. – Report from Mark Salanga, ABS-CBN News Bacolod