PH U-16 booters to see action in China qualifiers


The Philippine Under-16 Girls National Football Team will compete in the 2017 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U16 Women’s Championship qualifiers beginning on August 28, in Weifang, China.

The Pinay squad will be among the 24 teams that will vie for the remaining four slots in the final round to be held in September next year.

During the draw in May, the Philippines has been housed in Group B with South Korea, India, Malaysia, Northern Mariana Islands and Lebanon.

The team will be kicking off their campaign against South Korea at the Leneng Football School in Weifang on the opening day before facing Lebanon on August 30, Northern Mariana Islands on September 1 and India on September 3.

The culmination of their five-game tour is a bout against fellow Southeast Asian nation Malaysia on September 5.

During the previous edition of the biennial continental youth-level competition, the Philippines wrapped up its campaign with a record of a win and two losses.

They scored their only win in the preliminary round against the Cambodians, 4-2, with individual goals coming from Michaela Jumawan, Itsuko Bacatan, Joyce Semacio and Lindsay Whaley.

As part of the squad’s preparation for the AFC U16 Championship qualifiers, a pool of 30 players were sent to a training camp in Clark, Pampanga early this month.

The 30 top prospects were selected from various tryouts in the country and overseas with the final lineup expected to be released later this month.

The U16 Girls National Football Team is under coach Marnelli Dimzon and her assistant coaches Joyce Landangan, Anthony Albao and Patrice Impelido.


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