MANILA, Philippines – Philippine women’s soccer coach Allen Stazic says their semi-final defeat to Thailand in the 31st Southeast Asian Games is “part of their journey” to the program’s continued development.
“It simply came to our notice then. We are only rising to this level. Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar have been playing at this level for the last 10 to 12 years. I remember Vietnam and Thailand losing by a big margin, “said Stajisk after a 0-3 loss to Thailand on Wednesday.
“It simply came to our notice then. We haven’t been at this level of football for a long time, “he added.
The women’s national team still has a chance to win its first bronze medal at the SEA Games since 1985, when they beat Myanmar at the Cam Fa Stadium at 5pm (Manila time).
The Filipinos may have won the AFC Women’s Asian Cup against Thailand last January, which was part of the historic path to a ticket to the FIFA World Cup 2023, but Stagsik acknowledged that Thailand had turned the biennial meeting into its playing field when his team began work to reach that level.
“There is no doubt that Thailand was a good team. Their passing was good, their movement was good, their finishing was good, ”he said.
The equipped Aussie coach, who took charge of the women’s national football program last year, was patient with the progress of the Filipinos, who made waves earlier this year after qualifying for the World Cup.
“We only had the last Asian Cup in Jordan and India, so you know we’re going to get four to five years at this level compared to Vietnam and Thailand. Showed experience and quality, ”he said.
“It’s a learning curve for us. We are new to this level and we will get better, we have no fear of it. “
Stagsic and the Filipinos have struggled to make ends meet on the podium after finishing fourth in a row in the last two SEA games.
The women’s national football team is hoping to end a 37-year medal drought against Myanmar, which won their third-place match 2-1 in 2019 in Binan, Laguna.
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