The Malditas, a.k.a. the Philippine Women’s National Football Team (PWNFT), scored their historic first-ever appearance in the Final 4 of the 2019 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) media release today confirmed the inclusion of the Filipina footballers in the semi-finals after outclassing Singapore, 4-0, in their match held Friday, August 23, at the Institute of Physical Education in Chonburi, Thailand.
The Philippines goes into the knock-out matches between the top 2 of Group A, where the nationals belong, versus the top 2 of Group B. The Malditas stood at 2nd spot in Group A just behind host team and defending champion, Thailand. The Filipino women’s team earlier bowed to Thailand in their match on Thursday.
The AFF report noted how forward Alisha del Campo led the team with the completion of a hat-trick performance in the 50th minute of the game as she delivered “a well-timed run to snatch the ball away and into the back of the net.”
Quinley Quezada also made her fourth goal of the tournament, sharing the feat with fellow top scorer Camille Rodriguez.
“The Philippine Women’s National Team’s group stage performance has been an inspiring one,” said PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes in the PFF report.
The Malditas of the Philippines, managed by Jefferson Cheng and supported by Philippine Sports Commission and MVP Sports Foundation, will play against Group B winners Vietnam in the semi-final on Sunday, 25 August 2019.
The Philippine Women’s National Football Team has been displaying excellent plays in recent months and has even registered the strongest performance on the FIFA World Rankings.
Coach Marnelli “Let” Dimzon had earlier revealed to media their goal of reaching the final four so they can face the teams they are likely to meet at the 30th Southeast Asian Games slated to be held in the Philippines from November 30 to December 11, 2019.
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