Filipinos hope to make PH a regular in World Cup competitions

Filipinos have reason to rejoice in the fulfillment of Fifa's promise.  —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Filipinos have reason to rejoice in the fulfillment of Fifa’s promise. -CONTRIBUTED

As part of the Philippines women’s football team roster and staff left the country to begin the home stretch of their preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup (International Football Federation), two of its veteran stalwarts hope the Philippines would be frequent fliers for football’s biggest stage instead of a one-hit wonder.

“We have to prove to everyone and the world that na hindi tsamba yung ginawa namin (We have to prove to everyone and the world that we were not a fluke),” goalkeeper Inna Palacios said then. that the team is preparing for four weeks. training camp in Sydney, Australia.

Palacios is one of 29 players set to endure grueling sessions under coach Alen Stajcic before the provisional squad is whittled down to the final 23-woman roster for the World Cup in New Zealand where the Philippines will play all of their group stage matches.

Familiar names

The names announced by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) on Saturday are the household names, headlined by forwards Sarina Bolden and Quinley Quezada, co-captain Hali Long and goalkeepers Olivia McDaniel and Palacios.

Tahnai Annis, who will share the captaincy with Long, Sara Eggesvik, Katrina Guillou, Eva Madarang, Carleigh Frilles, Anicka Castañeda, Jaclyn Sawicki, Sofia Harrison, Chandler McDaniel, Sofia Harrison, Jessika Cowart, Malea Cesar, Dom Randle, Jessica Miclat and Bella Flanigan will also be competing for spots on the roster.

Kiara Fontanilla, Kaiya Jota, Maya Alcantara, Alicia Barker, Angela Beard, Reina Bonta, Ryley Bugay, Kaya Hawkinson, Meryll Serrano and Isabela Pasion are also hoping to make an impression.

From this list, six players will be selected for a team that hopes to exceed expectations when they face Switzerland, the host country and Norway.

“We don’t want this to be a once-in-a-lifetime moment, we want it to be lasting,” Long said.

“We are lucky to be there and see the Philippine flag being raised there. We haven’t been there yet, but what I would like to say is that we would like to be there more often than just this one time,” she added.

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