The Philippines settled for the runner-up trophy in the girls’ 14-17 division of the prestigious 2014 Street Child World Cup held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Filipinas earned a heartbreaking 0-1 decision to the Brazilians in the finals held at the Fluninense Football Field.
Nonetheless, the Philippines earned respect and admiration from 18 other participating countries in the tournament.
“A huge thanks to the Brazil team who came over to congratulate and celebrate with the Philippine team. The teams had become best friends during the tournament and it was a brilliant final. Brazil were a class act,” said Philippine Street Child head coach Roy Moore in his Facebook account.
The Philippines made it to the finals by nipping Mozambique in the semifinals (1-0) and England in the quarterfinals (6-0). It also topped the Group 2 with a 2-0 card on victories over El Salvador (3-1) and South Africa (9-0).
“Congrats girls. It may not have been a win but ’twas a great result for them to be in the final and versus Brazil. Good game girls. Proud and happy with the results of both team Philippines teams. They all played amazingly well and showed great heart throughout,” said FairPlay For All co-founder Naomi Tomlinson in her Twitter account.
Angelica, Ronalyn and April Joy of Payatas, Crystal of Mango Tree House, Agot, Joy and Maylene of SOS Village Davao, Juvie Lynn of Kids International Ministries, and Yanzie of Gawad Kalinga are the members of the team.
The organizers opted to withhold their last names because of the child protection law.