Karl Decena, InterAKTV
In an effort to further strengthen the squad, the Philippine national women’s football team has organized its first ever training camp in the United States this November.
Malditas coach Ernie Nierras said that tryouts for Fil-foreign women footballers who could possibly join the national team is slated from November 14 to November 22.
“Yes it’s the first time. We’ve invited 40 plus potential women’s national team players,” Nierras said.
After the camp, the Filipinas will then compete in the inaugural LA Viking Cup in Fullerton, California from November 23 to December 2. The tournament will feature the national women’s football team of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as United States-based squads Los Angeles Vikings and California Cosmos, which will both parade top international and amateur players.
While the Malditas already have a number of Fil-foreign players, such as Fil-Americans Heather Cooke, Patrice Impelido and Ashley O’Connor, among others, they have had few opportunities to play against international squads unlike their male counterparts, the Azkals, who get the chance to play against various teams around the world.
Currently ranked 85th in the world, the Malditas last played in the 2012 ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championship in September where they finished third in their group but failed to make it to the semifinals of the tournament.