MANILA, Philippines — Comebacking German coach Michael Weiss has been tasked to re-energize the Philippine Azkals program and chart its course towards Asian-caliber status.

“What we’re doing right now is we’re trying to re-invigorate the Philippine Azkals and the re-entry of coach Michael into the system will be a key element,” team manager Dan Palami said yesterday as he joined Philippine Football Federation president Nonong Araneta and general-secretary Edwin Gastanes in welcoming Weiss back in the fold.

“He knows almost all the players and with the short time that we have for the coach to get to know the players, I think the advantage is that he knows almost everybody already.”

Weiss had his first tour of duty in 2011 to 2013, a stint highlighted by a bronze medal in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup and a 21-11-12 win-draw-loss record.

He signed an initial one-year contract for his second tenure, taking the reins as the Azkals gear up for the joint qualifiers for the 2026 Fifa World Cup and 2027 AFC Asian Cup in November.

Prior to that, Weiss will prepare the Pinoy booters for a pair of friendlies against Nepal and Chinese-Taipei on June 15 and 19, respectively, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

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