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Pioneering Filipinos aim to win SEAG gold


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Sarina Bolden (right) became the brightest star of the Philippines team after scoring 8 goals in the journey to win the championship at the Southeast Asian Women’s Football Championship. —Philippines women’s national soccer team

Outside of the celebration of the country’s first ever Women’s Football Championship (AFF) championship, the thirst for gold has surfaced.

This time, the national women’s soccer team, which has scored milestone after milestone under coach Alen Stajcic, is seeking a historic gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games). ) for the 32nd time hosted by Cambodia.

Attorney Ed Gastanes, General Secretary of the Philippine Football Federation, said: “After the Filipinos won the AFF Women’s Championship last year, they are really looking forward to winning another medal, if not more. is the gold medal.

History

The World Cup-heading Filipinos made history when they won bronze in the 31st biennial regional congress in Hanoi, Vietnam.

But they are aiming for more than that.

“The women’s SEA Games final will be another historic event for us,” Gastanes added.

Two-time champion Vietnam will be one of the major foes the Philippines will have to overcome to claim the gold medal, and the two-time champion will enter the tournament with a vengeance. Philippines beat Vietnam 4-0 in the semi-finals of the AFF Cup 2018.

Filipinos prepare to fly to SEA Games; they will have a packed schedule right before the regional meeting, which will be held in May.

“The Filipino players will start their season with the four-nation Pinatar Cup in Murcia, Spain,” Gastanes said.

That tournament will be held from February 15-21 and the Philippines will face world No. 16 Wales, No. 21 Scotland and No. 25 Iceland — matches that will greatly benefit the 53rd placed Philippines team. .

Olympic qualifying

The women’s national team will also compete in the first round of women’s Olympic football qualifying for the 2024 Paris Games from April 3-11. The Philippines were placed in Group E of the qualifying round alongside Pakistan, Tajikistan and Hong Kong.

All of those games will hone the roster for the SEA Games, creating optimism about the team’s chances against the best in the region.

“Right now, we have a very real opportunity for our national women’s soccer team at the Cambodia Olympics with our thoughtful preparation and our dedicated and competent coaching staff, ‘ said Gastanes.

The Philippine team has been growing since last year. They qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup by reaching the semi-finals of the Asian Women’s Championship hosted by India last January. Four months later, the team won the AFF Championship to a standing ovation at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. request

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