De Murga, Rota: unsung Azkals heroes

first_imgBattling injuries the past three years, De Murga and Rota returned to shore up the Azkals’ defense in their most important match yet, helping the Nationals pull off a 2-1 win over Tajikistan on Thursday to clinch top spot in Group F and secure qualification to the Asian Cup 2019 at the United Arab Emirates in January.Rota’s journey from an orphan who was adopted by Italian parents 32 years ago to his attempt to finding his family is well-documented, along with his civic work at Buklod Kalinga, an orphanage run by Franciscan sisters in Parañaque. But Rota, who turns 34 in November, also had to rise above adversity after sustaining an ACL injury in the latter part of the 2016 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDe Murga busted his knee twice and looked like ready to quit the sport altogether two years ago.But the Ceres-Negros captain worked his way back into shape and played a key role in the Busmen’s run to the AFC Cup Asean zone crown. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Far removed from Grand Slam glory, Barroca, Magnolia hungrier than ever for crown Philippines skipper Phil Younghusband took the spotlight with goal No. 50 while Kevin Ingreso will go down in Philippine football history as the scorer of one of its most important goals, but defenders Carlie de Murga and Simone Rota will symbolize the resolve and the resilience of the Azkals in their successful qualification bid to the AFC Asian Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “We were ready to put him in the coaching staff of the club, but Carlie (De Murga) did not give up,” said a Ceres official.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebackcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more