After the Azkals, Malditas hope to create another miracle in their Women's Asian Cup stint

Ready to rumble. The Malditas are pumped up as they are preparing for the Women's Asian Cup. Kevin Estrada
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA -- After witnessing the men's side create Filipino football history last Tuesday, it's the turn of the women to aim for more glory as they are preparing for the Women's Asian Cup next week.

In their send off Wednesday afternoon, PFF president Mariano Araneta was glad for both the Azkals and the Malditas who qualified for their respective continental tournaments almost a year apart from each other, after the men's side qualified for the continental tournament for the very first time.

"I hope you can do the miracle in Jordan. I believe that you can do it," Araneta said, as the showpiece tournament for Asia's best ladies doubles as the final round of the qualifiers for the Women's World Cup in France next year.

Apart from Araneta, PFF general secretary Atty. Ed Gastanes and women's committee head Lalaine Sarmiento gave motivational speeches, with the latter even announced that a bonus will be given to them should they punch their ticket to Paris.

The send-off also formalize the introduction of Rabah Benlarbi as the manager, taking over the team more than three weeks ago as only six hold-overs from the side that played in Tajikistan last year will lead the newly retooled national side.

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