Despite an impressive performance throughout the tournament, the Philippine Malditas once again failed to land on the podium in finishing fourth in the women’s football competition of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
The Malditas suffered a 2-1 heartbreaking loss against Myanmar in the battle of bronze last 8th December 2019 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Quinley Quezada scored for the Malditas in the 57th minute to give the Malditas a 1-0 lead over the Burmese team but the opponents answered back with July Kyaw and Yee Yee Oww found the back of the net during the 78th and 80th minute respectively to denied the Filipinas a podium finish.
“We were very prepared, we knew what we wanted to do against Myanmar, but when we were attacking, we pushed a lot of players in front, in those transitions we lost a lot of players in the middle,” said Malditas head coach Let Dimzon via Spin.PH
In finishing fourth, the Malditas just replicate the same achievement they attained during the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as the Malditas is still searching to end a 34-year podium drought especially the women’s team last attained a podium finish in the 1985 SEA Games in Bangkok, Thailand.
Malditas co-captain and first choice goalkeeper Inna Palacios thanked the fans for supporting their team not only in the bronze medal match but also in their preliminaries and semifinals match.
‘’We are very thankful and we never expected to have this much fans and supporters. The team is just… our hearts our very full,” Palacios told philstar.com
Palacios also added the support the Malditas received during SEA Games from the fans will continue especially the country will host the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship this year.
“These girls, these group of girls have been working hard to get the support that we deserve. I think we made a statement and from now on, I hope everyone can see that and just keep supporting the team,” she added.
Ceres-Negros captures Copa Paulino Alcantara crown
Ceres-Negros FC ended the year 2019 with a double tiara after ruling the Copa Paulino Alcantara for the first time in defeating erstwhile champion Kaya Iloilo, 2-1 at the Binan Football Stadium last 16th November 2019.
Despite missing several members of the squad due to national team duty for the joint Asian Cup and World Cup qualifiers, the Busmen managed to sail past the opposition with Robert Lopez Mendy and Tristan Robles found the back of the net in the 30th and 68th minute respectively.
Kenshiro Daniels pull back for Kaya Iloilo in the 85th minute but this is not enough for Kaya Iloilo to defend their crown.
“To win the double is just fantastic. We were some players down because of the international break but we’re just happy that we won. I’m just proud of the team,” said Ceres-Negros striker James Younghusband via BusinessWorld after the Busmen won the crown and add another trophy in their collection.
Younghusband was part of the Davao Aguilas squad that square off against Kaya Iloilo in 2018 to crown the first-ever Copa Paulino Alcantara champions, which was won by the Iloilo-based squad . He signed with Ceres-Negros in August 2019 after Davao Aguilas disbanded at the end of 2018 and won his first championship with Copa Paulino Alcantara title.
The Busmen missed the services of team captain Stephan Schrock, Mike Ott, Carli De Murga, Sean Patrick Kane and OJ Porteria due to national team duty.
The reigning Philippines Football League (PFL) champion will prepare for another round of international tournaments in 2020 with the AFC Champions League,AFC Cup and AFF Club Championship, aside from the PFL season which is tentative to start in March.