Malditas aim for second win in Women’s Asian Cup
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 09, 2018 12:33 PM
ON TO THE NEXT ONE. (Photo courtesy of Mia Montayre/The Philippine Football Federation)
Coming off their monumental opening day win against host-nation Jordan, the Philippine Women’s National Football team targets their second win in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup when they take on China PR at the King Abdullah II Stadium in Amman, Jordan, Monday evening, Manila time.
Before flying out to Amman for the prestigious Asian football tournament, Philippine Football Federation President Mariano Araneta spoke about the Malditas being capable of pulling off some surprises against some of the powerhouses of Asian women’s football.
And already, just one match into the tournament, the Filipinas have already done that with their stunning upset of Jordan.
“We started with a win against the hosts, and in our plans before we came to Jordan we had always envisaged taking three points from our first match,” said Malditas head coach Rabah Benlarbi in an interview with PFF.org.ph.
Now, with a chance to move closer to securing a 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup berth, the Philippines faces up against another tough challenge in China.
“I know China’s players, and I know their strengths, and their weaknesses,” Benlarbi said. “They have changed some players, but they are still a very strong team.”
“The team is very motivated indeed, and if we can beat China it would be excellent for us as it would virtually assure us of a place at the World Cup. For us, reaching the FIFA Women’s World Cup would be a great achievement.” Benlarbi added.
As always, it won’t come easy for the Filipinas, as they’ll be facing arguably the toughest team in Group A.
Ranked 17th in the world, China also has the most AFC Women’s Asian Cup titles with eight reigns under their belt.
Immediately, they showcased their might with an opening day drubbing of Thailand.
The Philippines and China PR kick off at 9:45 PM, Manila time.
Quotes courtesy of The Philippine Football Federation