The Philippine Malditas recorded its highest finish in the 2019 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship at fourth place.
Nu Nu scored in the 66th and 72nd minute for a brace while Yee Yee Oo found the back of the net in the 63rd minute for Myanmar to give their team a 3-0 win against the Malditas last August 27th, thus handling the Filipinas a fourth-place finish, the highest-ever finish for women’s national football team so far in the AFF Women’s Championship since the competition began in 2004.
Both teams battled for a bronze after the Philippines and Myanmar lost to Vietnam and Thailand respectively in the knockout semifinals.
The Malditas suffered a 2-1 defeat in the hands of Vietnam last August 25th, just days after the Filipinas qualified for the semifinals for the first time.
An own goal from Vietnam’s Tran Thi Hong Nhung put the Philippines at the driver’s seat in the 35th minute but the Vietnamese quickly recovered with Huynh Nhu and Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung goals in the 41st and 58th minute respectively.
“It was a good gauge to see the level of our team now,” said Malditas head coach Let Dimzon via Inquirer.net.
“We played against Thailand and Vietnam and from that losing experience we can address the things we need for the SEA Games. Over the years, the players have been able to adapt and adjust to the system and we’ve also built the chemistry with a lot of matches in Olympic qualifying,”
According to Dimzon, she expected four US-based players to beef-up the team for the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and she already submitted the training camp program to the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) for approval.
“It will still depend on the budget of the PFF,” Dimzon uttered as the women’s national football team last finished in the podium in virtue of bronze medal finish in the 1985 edition. “But if all goes as planned, there’s really a good chance for us to win a medal in the SEA Games.”
Azkals 23-man squad for first World Cup/AFC Asian Cup qualifiers game bared
Philippine Azkals head coach Scott Cooper bared his 23-man squad for Azkals first FIFA World Cup/AFC Asian Cup qualifiers match against Syria.
Named in the squad are Javier Patino, Patrick Reichelt, Amani Aguinaldo, Alvaro Silva, Manny Ott, Mike Ott, Patrick Strauss, Kevin Ingreso, Carlie De Murga, Kevin Hansen, Martin Steuble, Mark Hartmann, Marco Casambre, Angel Guirado, Sean Patrick Kane, Iain Ramsey and OJ Porteria.
Stephan Schrock was named as team captain while Michael Falkesgaard and Patrick Deyto will patrol the net for the Azkals.
Cooper also added youth in the line-up in enlisting youngsters Justin Baas and Yrik Galantes
Baas is currently playing for the U-21 team of Dutch club AZ Alkmaar while Galantes is under contract with Scottish club Hibernian but currently loan to another Scottish club Gala Fairydean Rovers.
After facing Syria at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City on September 5th, the Azkals will travel to Guam to face The Matao at the Guam Football Association National Training Center in Dededo, Guam on September 10th to wrap-up their assignment in the first window of the FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.