PH women’s football team ready for Asian Cup qualifiers

FILE – Philippine Women’s National Football Team. PHOTO BY EARVIN PERIAS

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines national women’s football team will look to secure a spot for the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in India, with the qualifiers set to begin on September 18 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Ranked 68th in the Fifa rankings, the Philippines are the top ranked nation in Group F where the team is grouped with No.78 Hong Kong and No.101 Nepal.

Goalkeeper Inna Palacios will wear the captain’s armband as she leads her squad in their first game against Nepal at the JAR stadium on Saturday.

The Philippines will then face Hong Kong on the 24th.

Hali Long has been named co-captain of the 22-woman squad that will compete in Uzbekistan while Marlon Maro has been chosen as head coach.

Palacios, Olivia Davies McDaniel and Isabelle Mapanao are the three goalies while Ryley Bugay, Sofia Harrison, Chelo Hodges, Long, Tara Shelton and Patricia Tomanon will form the back.

Tahnai Annis, Sara Casta├▒eda, Anicka Casta├▒eda, Malea Cesar, Charisa Lemoran, Rocelle Menda├▒o, Jessica Miclat, Camille Rodriguez, Alyssa Ube and Camille Wilson have been called up to midfield positions.

Maro will then choose from among Alisha Del Campo, Arianna LePage and Chandler McDaniel to lead the formation.

Michael Agbayani, Jose Maria Aberasturi, Marlon Pi├▒ero, Anthony Albao and Rose Ton Bari├▒an have been appointed as Maro’s assistants while Jefferson Cheng, co-chair of the PFF Women’s Committee, is the team manager.

In preparation for Tashkent, the team hosted a training camp in Irvine, Calif., August 4-11.


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