Trailblazing Filipinas set sights on SEAG gold

more hard work up for gritty filipinas in the new year

Sarina Bolden (proper) grew to become the Filipinas’ shining star after scoring eight objectives throughout the title run within the AFF Ladies’s Championship. —Philippine Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer crew

Out of the celebration of the nation’s first Asean Soccer Federation (AFF) Ladies’s Championship title, a starvation for gold has emerged.

This time, the nationwide girls’s soccer crew, which has logged milestone after milestone beneath coach Alen Stajcic, is searching for a historic gold within the thirty second Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games that shall be hosted by Cambodia.

“After the Filipinas captured the AFF Ladies’s Championship trophy final 12 months, they’re actually trying ahead to bagging one other medal, if not the gold,” mentioned lawyer Ed Gastanes, the Philippine Soccer Federation basic secretary, throughout the Philippine Sportswriters Affiliation Discussion board on Tuesday.

Historical past

The World Cup-bound Filipinas made historical past once they received the bronze within the thirty first version of the regional biennial meet in Hanoi, Vietnam.

However they’re aiming for extra.

“The SEA Video games girls’s finals shall be one other historic occasion for us,” added Gastanes.

Two-time champion Vietnam shall be among the many main foes that the Philippines might want to hurdle to win the gold, and the two-time champion shall be getting into the match with revenge on its thoughts. The Philippines trashed Vietnam, 4-0, within the semifinals of the AFF match.

The Filipinas will fly to the SEA Video games ready; they are going to have a packed schedule of matches simply earlier than the regional meet, which shall be held in Might.

“The Filipinas will kick off their season with the four-nation Pinatar Cup in Murcia, Spain,” Gastanes mentioned.

That match shall be held from Feb. 15 to 21 and the Philippines will face world No. 16 Wales, No. 21 Scotland and No. 25 Iceland—matches that shall be extremely useful for the 53rd-ranked Filipinas.

Olympic qualifiers

The nationwide girls’s crew can even compete within the first spherical of the Olympic girls’s soccer qualifiers for the 2024 Paris Olympics from April 3 to 11. The Philippines is bracketed in Group E of the qualifiers together with Pakistan, Tajikistan and Hong Kong.

All these matches will hone the squad for the SEA Video games, giving rise to optimism on the crew’s probabilities towards one of the best within the area.

“We have now a really actual probability proper now for our nationwide girls’s soccer crew within the Cambodia SEA Video games given its preparations and our dedicated and competent teaching workers,” Gastanes mentioned.

The Filipinas have been on a roll since final 12 months. They certified for the Fifa (Worldwide Federation of Affiliation Soccer) Ladies’s World Cup by reaching the semifinals of the Asian Soccer Confederation Ladies’s Asian Cup hosted by India in January of final 12 months. 4 months later, the crew received the AFF in entrance of an appreciative crowd at Rizal Memorial Soccer Stadium. INQ

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