With big 2018 ahead, Philippine Malditas excited to 'shock the world'
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 27, 2017 11:51 AM
The Philippine Malditas have a big 2018 ahead of them. (FILE PHOTO courtesy of kualalumpur2017.com)
The Philippine women’s football national team take their training stateside, as they begin training camp in the United States ahead of a 2018 filled with tournaments, including the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup and the Asian Games.
For the Malditas, Corona, California will be home for the next few months.
Striker striker and Ateneo de Manila University standout Cam Rodriguez is more than eager for the opportunities that lie ahead of the Philippine team.
“It’s refreshing for Philippine football. I’m just excited to shock the world.” she shared with ABS-CBN News’ Steve Angeles.
For Malditas veteran Natasha Alquiros, the AFC Women’s Asian Cup will serve as a gateway to an even bigger tournament: the World Cup.
“This is the World Cup qualifiers we could be the first team to qualify for the World Cup.”
“We’re reaching for the stars here and I think it’s possible with this set of girls.” Alquiros added.
Aside from the local talent who’ll be flying into the US in the coming months as well, a handful of foreign-based Filipinas are also expected to take part in the training camp.
Among those is Fil-American Sarina Bolden, a football standout at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
“It’s a great honor to have the possibility to play for the Philippines and represent a side of your ethnicity, that’s a great experience.”
The Malditas will also be welcoming a new coach in Rich Boon.
The new American mentor is more than excited to get to work with the Malditas.
“This is a very talented group of young ladies. We’re very excited with the talent pool that we have.”