THE Philippine girls team defeated South Africa, 9-0, at the start of its campaign in the 2014 Street Child World Cup in Rio De Janeiro.
Team captain Agot from Davao scored four goals in the match while Ronalyn from Payatas scored three to highlight the Philippine team’s win in the nine-nation tournament, according to the official press release furnished by the Fairplay for All Foundation.
Due to child protection policies, only first names of the minors were released publicly in the official press release.
“The team performed very well,” said team leader Roy Moore. “You could see they were nervy at the start of the game, they hit the woodwork several times, but they dominated possession and played excellently. We've all worked very hard in training and you could really see the results on the field.”
The Philippine team is composed of three girls from Payatas, three from Davao, one from Mindanao, and one from a Gawad Kalinga community in Manila.
The girls team is backed by AgriNurture Inc., Witsenburg Natural Products, and several non-government organizations (NGOs) like Fairplay for All Foundation.