The Philippine women’s football team is set to take on the world stage as they compete in the Asean Football Federation’s women championship 2015 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on May 1 to 10.
This year’s edition of the national women’s team, which aims to secure a semifinals berth in their run, will be headed by coach Leticia Bautista and is composed mostly of the local collegiate football stars.
“The team right now is composed mostly of local players with foreign players. Our aim for this competition is to be in the semifinals and also to gauge the gap between the [playing styles]of our locals and foreign players,” Bautista said.
Meanwhile, the Filipinas have already started training as early as April 5 and have been engaged in scrimmages against the National Collegiate Athletic Association football champions San Beda College to improve their game.
The team, housed in Group B, is slated to face Myanmar, Malaysia and their hosts Vietnam in the group stage of the regional women’s football tilt.
Bautista, who is also the first female coach to lead the team, stressed that despite the presence of Asean football big name Myanmar, the hosts will be the tough competition in their bracket.
“Based on the past and in my experiences, Myanmar is more beatable than Vietnam, “ she stated.
The Filipina booters are schedule to leave the country on April 29 and will start their journey to clinch the crown in their first game on May 2 against Malaysia.