The Philippine Malditas will test their core and build- up for the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in competing in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship at Chonburi, Thailand from August 15th to 27th.
Included in the Malditas line-up mixed of collegiate standouts and veteran national team mainstays are Mari Caparros, Stacey Cavill, Inna Palacios, Mae Bernal, Alesa Dolino, Chelo Hodges, Mary Ham, Claire Lim, Hali Long, Tara Shelton, Calah Simarago, Eloiza Fagsao, Patrice Impelido, Kyla Inquiq, Charisa Lemoran, Hazel Lustan, Rocelle Mendano and Irish Navaja.
Also suiting for the team are Camille Rodriguez, Dionesa Tolentin, Alisha del Campo and Quinley Quezada.
Let Dimzon still will be the head coach of the Malditas with Gerald Orcullo serving as assistant coach and Melo Sabacan will be the goalkeeping coach.
‘’We don’t know how the other teams have developed but we have to beat those three teams first. We can give Thailand a good fight,” Dimzon quoted in an article of Tiebreaker Times.
‘’Our goal is to get to the semifinals because the teams there will most likely be the ones playing in the SEA Games. Then with good tactics, strategy, and planning, we target the final,” the veteran mentor added.
The Malditas bracketed in Group A together with host Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Timor-Leste.
As part of the preparation for the tournament, the Malditas had an international friendly against Macau which they defeated the latter 11-0 last August 4th in their first international friendly in a decade.
‘’The Philippine Women’s National Team has continuously set the bar in the recent times,” said PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes via the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) website. “We wish them luck as they look for a podium finish in the AFF Women’s Championship 2019 which serves as a preview for the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games.”
The Malditas competed in the Women’s Football Olympic Qualifiers last April and Women’s World Cup Qualifiers last year.
In the latest women’s FIFA World Rankings, the Malditas ranked 67th overall – its highest ever.
Ceres-Negros leads PFL table
Ceres-Negros FC continued their domination in the 2019 Philippines Football League (PFL) season as the tournament reaching its down strech.
The Busmen blanked Green Archers United 2-0 to continue their winning ways with an own goal from Green Archers’ Fredy Lobe Mbang in the 2nd minute and a goal from Mike Ott in the 28th minute.
Ceres-Negros managed to beat fierce rival Kaya Iloilo, 1-0 with a lone goal from OJ Porteria in the 16th minute.
“It was amazing,” said Ceres-Negros Carlie De Murga via Inquirer.net. ‘’“It wasn’t easy to play with the weather. It was a war. I knew we had one man less so we had to work harder so I’m very proud of every player in the team,” he added as the match was delayed due to rains and strong winds at the vicinity of playing venue at the Aboitiz Field in Lipa, Batangas.
Robert Lopez Mendy debuted for Ceres-Negros with a bang in scoring four goals in The Busmen win against Mendiola FC 1991, 5-2 with the Senegalese striker goals found the back of the net in the 16th, 36th, 44th, and 55th minute.
It was a homecoming of sorts in the Philippine Football scene for Mendy after spending his first half of 2019 playing for UiTM FC in the second-tier of the Malaysian Super League.
“My teammates have been helping me adapt to the style of play here in Ceres,” Mendy quoted in another article of Inquirer.net said as he suited for his third Philippine club after playing for Kaya Iloilo and Green Archers United.“I’m here to help the team win another PFL title and I’ll do whatever it takes for the team to achieve its goal.”
Furthermore, The Busmen destroyed Stallion Laguna 5-0 to stretch their winning streak to 10 games after starting the season with the same club with a 2-2 draw last May 25th.
Ceres-Negros is now accumulated 31 points to hold the leadership of the table. Following them is Kaya Iloilo with 28 points.
Kaya-Iloilo earned a 5-0 win against Mendiola FC 1991 which they followed with another 5-0 shutout against Philippine Air Force with Jordan Mintah scored in 15th and 22nd minute for a brace while Masanari Omura, Connor Tacagni and Jayson Panhay added a goal each during the 24th, 25th and 41st minute respectively.
“We worked hard for the five points in the first half which allowed us to control the game in the second half. Hopefully we get to build on this for our next game,” said Kaya Iloilo head coach Noel Marcaida via BusinessWorld.
The Iloilo-based club added another victory with a 1-0 decision against Green Archers United with Panhay scored the lone goal of the match at the 88th minute.