GIVEN its reinforced line-up, the national women’s football team laid out expectations of improved performance at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) tournament in Vientiane, Laos come October 16 to 25.
“We finished sixth out of eight teams the last time we competed in this tournament in 2009, but with the players we have now, I’m optimistic we can do better this time around,” coach Ernie Nierras said at Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday.
Some of the Malditas, monicker of the women’s team, were with Nierras at the forum. Belai Fernando, Sam Nierras, Filipino-American Heather Cooke, and Filipino- German Kristina Kuter beamed with pride at having the privilege of competing for the Philippines.
“It’s a great privilege for me to play for the country of my mom,” Cooke said. Her mother is from Iloilo.