While our media focused on final matches versus Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on 26 December, and Jakarta on 29 December, Filipino media discussed about their team's failure, and relationship between their British coach Simon McMenemy and Indonesian actress Rahma Azhari after the match in Jakarta
Please find below an article quoted from the Filipino media ABS-CBN News.
Indonesian actress gets cozy with Azkals coach
Posted at 12/21/2010 12:56 AM | Updated as of 12/21/2010 11:32 AM
MANILA, Philippines – Who is Rahma Azhari?
Google her name and head to the images section. Satisfied?
Now imagine her in the arms of the Philippine Azkals’ British coach Simon McMenemy.
Wait, don’t imagine anymore.
Azhari has already uploaded a photo of her and McMenemy together during a party in Jakarta.
“Hhhmm goodbye simon, have a nice trip back to manila xoxo,” the Indonesian actress said in her Twitter account.
The Jakarta Post believes that the pictures were taken at a nightclub in Jakarta after the Azkals’ AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal match against Indonesia on Sunday.
“He's just a friend... What a lovely person... Glad to actually met him! Had a great time!” Azhari tweeted.
“Yes that’s him... McMenemy feverrr... :))," she added.
The 29-year-old Azhari, who is also a model for men’s magazines, is a magnet for controversy, according to Indonesian media.
She made the headlines in the world’s most populous Muslim country in November 2008 after naked pictures of her and her sister, Sarah Azhari, made rounds on the Internet.
Other photographs of her with men in compromising positions are also shown online in various Indonesian blogs. The 32-year-old McMenemy was unavailable for comment.
Two Azkals players, brothers James and Phil Younghusband, earlier set female Indonesian Twitter users on fire.
While their national team was busy playing against the Philippines, Indonesian girls were swooning on the Internet over the Younghusbands.
“I fall in love with nomer 10 philpin #younghusband,” said @flegong, highlighting her post with hashtags to be read by more users of the microblogging service.
Even Indonesian men were bitten by the Younghusband bug.
“#TimnasIndonesia #TimnasIndonesia #TimnasIndonesia Bonus #Younghusband,” said Agus Siswoyo.