MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines women’s soccer team hold their heads high ahead of their Group B match against Indonesia on Thursday at the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
Another victory for the Filipinos puts them in a solid position to advance to the quarter-finals, which brings them closer to a chance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
“They are at the forefront now, and they are on the verge of being able to do that (qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup) but there is a lot of work to be done between now and qualifying,” said the head coach. Allen Stajcic.
The Filipinos showed their identity and courage in two tough games against Thailand and Central Australi and that is exactly the attitude Stajcic wants his players to show not only to him but to the Filipinos watching.
“I hope we can give the Philippines and all the players back home – young boys and young girls – some inspiration and hope that they can play at FIFA World Cups in the future,” said Stajcic, whose side sit second in the group behind Australia. .
“The players on the team want to change the game at home. They want to be an inspiration to the next generation and they’ve talked about that often.
The Philippines began their campaign with a gutsy 1-0 win over Southeast Asian hangmen Thailand and held off Australia before losing 4-0, with all four goals conceded in the second period.
Stajcic added that his squad was not complete due to injuries and COVID-19 issues.
“We had a few injuries (against Australia). Our first two goalkeepers were both injured, Kristina Guillou, whom we were only able to catch a little at the end. She had a little problem and couldn’t get through the whole game,” Stajcic said.
“They are a few key players and we have COVID issues as well. We weren’t full, which shows how impressive the performance was.
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