| YANGON (Sept 7, 2007) – With only five players remaining from the side that featured in the last SEA Games, the Philippines women’s team is undergoing a rebuilding process.
“We do not expect much at this tournament, but in three to four years time, we will have a good team,” said manager Filiberto Alquiros.
After the last SEA Games in Manila, the team underwent drastic changes.
The management brought in many youngsters with the aim of building a strong team for the future.
Of the 13 new players in the team, 12 are still studying in high school or college.
“Our youngest player is 16 while our oldest is 32 … the average for this team is 22-years-old. They are here for exposure and this tournament will give them just that. With each year, the teams are becoming stronger, so we have to respect all our opponents here.”
While many teams have their targets for this tournament, the Philippines are pleased to have the opportunity to play some top class matches.
“What we need right now are more tournaments.”
The 2nd AFF Women’s Championship will give them the chance to gain the much needed experience and international match exposure.
Philippines have been drawn in Group A along with defending champions Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Philippines open their campaign against favourites Vietnam this afternoon while Malaysia will square off against archrivals Indonesia.