FILE – Philippine women’s soccer team. PHOTO / Asian Football Confederation
The Philippine female players are no longer Malditas.
For simplicity and nationalism, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has named the women’s national team “Filipinas” — a new moniker that comes at a time when the show is entering a new chapter, one that includes including the nation’s first appearance in the sport’s biggest tournament.
“[Filipinas] is simple and nationalistic,” said national team manager Jefferson Cheng. “Our athletes are Filipinas. They are strong-willed, determined, passionate and goal-oriented not only to represent themselves but also the country.”
“We are confident that Filipino football fans will understand and support this decision.”
“Malditas” may already be a fan favorite, but there’s little to complain about the name change. After all, the team has endeared itself to its followers more after a historic performance in an Asian qualifying tournament where the team qualified for the Women’s World Cup scheduled for next year.
Cheng added that all parties involved recognized that the “Malditas” were no longer suitable for the country’s World Cup debut.
The Filipinas, who rose to their top spot in 54th place last Friday after finishing their big milestone in the semi-finals of the Asian Cup in India, have arrived in Australia. on Wednesday to link up with coach Alen Stajcic and his staff for the Fifa (International Football Federation Association) window scheduled for the first week of April.
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