There are no more Maldivian women footballers in the Philippines.
For simplicity and nationalism, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has renamed the national women’s team “Philippines” – the new moniker comes at a time when the program is entering a new chapter, including the country’s first appearance. The biggest tournament in sports.
“[Filipinas] Simple and nationalist, “said Jefferson Cheng, national team manager. “Our athletes are Filipinos. They are strong-willed, determined, passionate and driven to represent the country, not just themselves. “
“We believe that Filipino football fans will understand and support this decision.”
“Malditas” may be popular with fans, but there is nothing to complain about the name change. After all, after a historic performance in an Asian qualifier tournament, the team made itself even more popular with its followers, where it qualified for next year’s Women’s World Cup.
Cheng added that all relevant parties have acknowledged that “Maldives” is no longer fit for the country’s World Cup debut.
The Filipinos, who rose to their highest ranking 54 last Friday after finishing their milestone semifinals in the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup in India, arrived in Australia on Wednesday to join coach Allen Stagsic and his staff for FIFA (International). Federation of Association Football) window in the first week of April.
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