Women's football: Asian Cup breakthrough hasn't sunk in, PH coach says


Posted at Apr 14 2017 11:26 PM

The Malditas finished 2nd in Group A behind Jordan with a 3-1-1 record, enough to earn a ticket to next year's Women's Asian Cup. Courtesy of the Tajikistan football federation

The coach of the Philippine national football team that made history qualifying for its first Women's Asian Cup said the feat hasn't sunk in yet.

"It was really their thirst to win that pushed us," coach Buda Bautista said after touching down in Pasay City Friday night fresh off a successful stint at the 9-day qualifiers in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.


The players' families and friends, as well as Philippine Football Federation officials, welcomed the team at NAIA.

"Hindi pa nga nagsi-sink in. I think we made history," Bautista said.

Team captain Patrice Impelido said her side only had two weeks to prepare for the Tajikistan tournament. They focused on working on their overall fitness to improve their game.

The Malditas finished 2nd in Group A behind Jordan, winning 3 matches and drawing once before losing to the group leader.

The Women's Asian Cup will be played in Jordan in April next year.— with a report from Primy Cane, ABS-CBN News

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