The Philippine women’s national team “Malditas” will be holding an exhibition match to benefit the victims of the recent calamities that hit the nation. They will square off against a selection of standouts gathered from the local clubs and collegiate teams. While admission is free, donations will be asked from the patrons and fans.
The Malditas recently reached their highest FIFA ranking ever, 75th out of 186 nations. Their most recent outing was finishing 2nd in the Asian Cup Qualifiers, first walloping Iran 9-0, then heartbrokenly lost to Thailand 0-1 (years before the Thais would easily massacre them for 9-0) then bounced back against Bangladesh with a 4-0 win to end the campaign.
Meanwhile, the players of the all-star team are fresh off the success of the inaguaral Pinay Futbol League, a competitive league consisting of nine teams, seven of which are university-based. The league hopes to revitalize the state of women’s football in the country and aims to organize more tournaments and competition in the future.
The game promises to be a good clash, which will showcase the best of Philippine women’s football. From the national team with members that have competitive experience in the United States, to the best players the schools and clubs in the Philippines have to offer.
The game will also serve as the Malditas’ final tuneup before heading out to Myanmar for the Asean Football Federation Women’s Championships where they are grouped with Japan U-23, Myanmar, Laos, and Indonesia.
Philippine Malditas Selection:
Chalise Baysa, Joana Houplin, Patricia Dull, Heather Cooke, Marielle Benitez, Dominique Oro, Olivia Schmitt, Claire Lim, Jillian Jamero, Sydney Pagador, Natasha Alquiros, Sam Nierras, Patricia Impelido, Cristina de los Reyes, Marisa Park, Inna Palacios, Camille Wilson, Aisa Mondero, Kristyn Alonzo, Sunshine Soriano, Nikki Regalado*, Amanda Empleo, Raylene Larot, Natalie Sanderson
Pinay Futbol All-Star Selection:
Gely Tiu, Mea Bernal, Haya Ibarra, Loreta Ladero, Hope Solis, Analou Amita, Biggie Abuan, Regine Metillo, Camille Rodriguez, Nikki Regalado, Jennizel Cabalan, Adrianne Yniguez, Alesa Dolino, Chermaine Guancia, Milka Romero, Kali Huff, Maan Cadayona, Marianne Narciso, Mary Ignacio, Molly Manalansan, Pearl Aguilar, Sara Castaneda, Jessa Sumagpao, Marice Magdolot, Julie Ann Sucob
The match will take place on Sunday, September 1 at 4:30pm in the Emperador Stadium at McKinley Hills in Metro Manila.
UPDATE: The coach for the Malditas will be Ernest Nierras naturally, while the Pinay Futbol All-Stars will be coached by Scarlet Bautista, an assistant coach to the national team.
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