Far Eastern University (FEU) head coach Marnelli Dimzon is keen on starting their title defense on a bright note in this year’s expanded Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Women’s League.
Fresh off their successful stint in the three-day Pilipinas Cup competition last week, the Lady Tamaraws are aiming to carry their winning momentum into the new season of the domestic women’s tournament.
Dimzon said that they are ready to clash with the country’s top women clubs.
“Actually, there is no pressure. We already played against the other teams during the Pilipinas Cup and we still got the title. Since we are also preparing for the UAAP, this will be a good exposure for us,” Dimzon said in Filipino.
This year, the PFF Women’s League will be introducing a full season of games for the 11 participating teams that will run every weekend from November 12 until July of next year.
The multi-awarded coach of FEU named their fellow University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) member De La Salle University and Outkast FC as their toughest rivals in the contest.
“One tough opponent we are looking at is La Salle since I still have not seen their game. I think that would be the biggest challenge for us so far,” she said.
She considers Outkast FC tough because most of their players are former UAAP standouts and some are even FEU alumni.
Dimzon mentioned that they would not be changing their training routines though they would be adapting tactical changes depending on their opposition.
“Since this tournament will start late already, we won’t be changing our training anymore. Every weekend we have games so our main concern on our training will just be tactical adjustments,” she said.
Dimzon added that the Women’s League would be a good preparation for their goal to reclaim their UAAP title early next year.
“I’ll be putting the same lineup I will put in the UAAP since I’m preparing my team for the collegiate season early next year, this will be a good start for us.”
She declared her wards physically and mentally ready for the start of a long season.
“I think we are ready for this. Most of the UAAP teams will benefit from this because the problems in the previous tournaments before are the injuries. This time, since there is a big tournament like this, we will know how to balance our roster,” Dimzon said.