'Worst Palestine performance in the past 12-and-a-half years' - Jamal Mahmoud disappointed with his team

The Palestine coach was brutally honest about his team's performance but the Philippines contingent was more than happy with a 3rd place finish in the 2012 Challenge Cup...
Jamal Mahmoud expressed his disappointment at what he believed was one of the poorest displays ever from a Palestine side as the West Asians outfit went down 4-3 to the Philippines in Monday's AFC Challenge Cup 2012 third-place play-off.

The coach showed a great attitude towards the loss by congratulating his opponent, but was brutally honest towards his own players. He said, "Firstly, my congratulations to the Philippines but this was probably the worst Palestine performance in the past 12-and-a-half years."

"I don't blame the players for being tired. I blame them for losing concentration. There were six or seven players who were having an off day," the frustrated coach added.

"We wanted to make the people of Palestine happy but it was just not our day. As the tournament was not played on official FIFA match days and because of the situation in Palestine we couldn't get our best players. But overall it was a good tournament for us and we are progressing," he signed off.

Philippines coach Michael Weiss admitted that the goal-fest took him completely by surprise as the Azkals edged Palestine 4-3 on Monday.

"Overall I think we deserved to finish third and I thank my players for their never-say-die attitude," said the German.

"I am very proud to be part of this development of Philippines' football and I look forward to it continuing," the German coach added.

Phil Younghusband confidently swept a 24th minute penalty past Palestine keeper Ramzi Saleh for his tournament-topping sixth goal having netted number five just four minutes into the match with the West Asians.

"My expectations are always to score more but the most important thing is the team wins," said the striker.

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