MANILA, Philippines — Head coach of the Philippines women’s soccer team, Alen Stajcic, has been retained by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) until the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Australian coach signed an extension at a meeting in Sydney on Tuesday, team principal Jefferson Cheng announced on Friday, according to the PFF website.
“The next 18 months will be tough for all of us at PWNT as we do our best to prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup,” Cheng said. “We are all motivated, hopeful and eager to do our best for the nation.”
Stajcic steered the Philippines to a decisive World Cup berth when the Lady Booters booked a place in the AFC Asian Cup semi-finals last January.
“I’m excited to continue our journey with the Philippines Women’s National Team all the way to the World Cup,” Stajcic said.
“The performance in the Asian Cup was remarkable and phenomenal, but sharing it with a group of staff and players who showed humility, gratitude and passion for the (Philippines) jersey is what really made it special. I am extremely excited to help lead the team into the next chapter as we move towards the top of our sport.
Apart from Stajcic, assistant coach Nahuel Arrarte and strength and conditioning coach Luca Tonetti also retain their roles with the team.
Keeping Stajcic was a top priority for the PFF as the national team prepare for their biggest tournament yet.
“The PFF is honored to continue to work with a world-class coach in Alen Stajcic whose professionalism and attention to detail has helped raise the standard of the PWNT,” said PFF President Mariano “Nonong”. Araneta. “The team’s performances in India have shown that he is the best coach to also lead us in our first FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance.
“Coach Alen Stajcic has shown that the Philippines can be a top team in women’s football,” said PFF General Secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes. “We are delighted that he has committed to the team as they prepare for several women’s competitions this year as part of the preparation for the World Cup.”
Stajcic will have plenty to do ahead of the World Cup with the Philippines scheduled for the Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam in May, the AFF Women’s Championships in Manila in July and the Asian Games in China. in September.
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