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    Pinay booters drawn with Australia, Thailand, Indonesia in Asian Cup

    Oct 28, 2021
    Philippine Malditas AFC WOMEN'S ASIAN CUP
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    THE Philippines was drawn with Australia, Thailand, and Indonesia in Group B of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 to be held from January 20 to February 6.

    AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 draw

    The Pinay booters were bracketed along with Australia, which is the 2010 champions and the runners-up in the past two editions of the competition.

    The squad is looking to put on an excellent showing and claim one of the five automatic berths in the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. In their bid, the Philippine Football Federation hired former Australia women’s head coach Alen Stajcic for the Asian Cup.

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    The next best two teams after the five will play in an inter-confederation playoff.

    Stajcic is no longer surprised about the Philippines having Australia, his former team, in the group.

    “Like any other draw in the world, it always provide some peculiarities. I knew that Australia will somehow fall in my group,” said Stajcic, the coach of the Matildas from 2015 to 2019.

    Group A is composed of host India, China, Chinese Taipei, and Iran, while Group C will have defending champion Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

    The top two teams in each group and the two best third-place nations will advance to the knockout stage.

    “It’s an interesting tournament. It’s the first time it’s going to 12 teams so it’s going to present different challenges, different teams, and an extra match as well,” said Stajcic.

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      The Philippines will be facing Thailand first before taking on Australia and Indonesia in the group stage.

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      “We now know who we play and we are now focused on targeting that first match and make sure we are ready to go,” said Stajcic.

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