Trailblazing Filipinos set their sights on SEAG gold.

More hard work for charming Philippines in the New Year

Serena Bolden (right) became the shining star of the Philippines after scoring eight goals during the AFF Women’s Championship title run. – Philippine national women’s soccer team

The country’s hunger for gold has come out in celebration of its maiden Asean Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship title.

This time, the national women’s football team, which has achieved milestone after milestone under the leadership of coach Allan Stejek, is looking for a historic gold at the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to be hosted by Cambodia.

“After the Philippines captured the AFF Women’s Championship trophy last year, they really want to win another medal,” said Philippine Football Federation general secretary lawyer Ed Gastens during the Philippine Sports Writers Association Forum on Tuesday. Looking forward.”

History

In the 31st edition of the regional biennial meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, the World Cup-bound Philippines made history by winning the bronze medal.

But they are aiming for more.

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

Two-time champions Vietnam will be among the major foes the Philippines will have to thwart in order to win the gold medal, and the two-time champions will enter the tournament with revenge on their minds. The Philippines beat Vietnam 4-0 in the semifinals of the AFF tournament.

The Philippines will fly to the prepared SEA Games. They will have a packed schedule of matches just before the regional meet in May.

“The Philippines will open their season with the four-nation Panatar Cup in Murcia, Spain,” Gastanes said.

The tournament will be played from February 15 to 21 and the Philippines will face world No. 16 Wales, No. 21 Scotland and No. 25 Iceland which will be very beneficial for the 53rd ranked Philippines.

Olympic qualifiers

The national women’s team will also compete in the first round of the Olympic women’s football qualifiers for the Paris Olympics 2024 from April 3 to 11. The Philippines have been drawn in Group E of the qualifiers along with Pakistan, Tajikistan and Hong Kong.

All those matches will improve the squad for the SEA Games, boosting the team’s chances against the best in the region.

“Cambodia has a real opportunity at the moment given its preparations for its national women’s football team at the SEA Games and our committed and capable coaching staff,” Gastanes said.

The Philippines has been on a roll since last year. They qualified for the FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) Women’s World Cup and reached the semi-finals of the Asian Football Confederation Women’s Asian Cup hosted by India in January last year. Four months later, the team won the AFF in front of an appreciative crowd at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. INQ

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