20 Jan

Sacrifice, desire fuel women’s team

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Still far from peak, Gabayni excited to learn more from Codiñera Japan, China and Australia gained outright entry to the tournament as the top-ranked teams in the continent, while Jordan, which the Philippines will face on Wednesday, also gained a spot as host. Thailand advanced after its qualifying group.Philippine Football Federation president Nonong Araneta was among those who sent congratulatory messages to the team.“It’s a young and fearless team,” said PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes, noting that the PFF-organized women’s league late last year was critical to the team’s success.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town On the heels of impressive wins over United Arab Emirates (4-0), Iraq (4-0) and Tajikistan (8-0), coach Buda Bautista’s team still had to overcome a second-half deficit against a Bahrain side that was also facing a must-win match.It was a historic feat considering the Philippines reached the final tournament under the new format for the Asian Cup, which now requires a qualifying phase, unlike the country’s last appearance in 2003 in Thailand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“With very short preparation and missing players during camp, the team really worked well together,” captain Patrice Impelido told the Inquirer. “We all had our sacrifices to be here. We all wanted it. We all knew it was possible. We all had the same mentality: We wanted to go to Jordan.“I was just proud of our team,” said Impelido. “Even though we gave up a goal, we never gave up. We kept fighting. And when Sara (Castaneda) scored, I was like we’re back in this! I’m so happy we qualified and we’re going to Jordan.” View comments LATEST STORIES They may have lacked training time together, but there was no shortage in drive and belief for the Philippine women’s football team, which made history on Monday night by clinching a spot in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.A clinical strike from La Salle standout Sara Castaneda in the 82nd minute at Pamir Stadium ensured the Filipinos salvaged a 1-1 draw against Bahrain for the decisive point they needed to reach the final tournament in Jordan next year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape testlast_img

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