By Jonas Terrado
The Philippine Malditas were reminded of the things they have to fix before making their historic appearance in next year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
Showing none of the brilliance that saw them score similar 4-0 wins over United Arab Emirates and Iraq and 8-0 over Tajikistan, the Malditas suffered a stinging 5-1 defeat at the hands of Jordan at the close of the qualifiers in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
A late goal by substitute Alisha del Campo avoided a shutout after the Malditas conceded three goals in the first half, two of which came from Maysa Jbarah to suffer their only loss in five games in the Group A qualifiers.
Coach Buda Bautista’s squad finished second in group with 10 points, five off Jordan, but is enough to gain passage to the Asian Cup for the first time since a qualifying stage was first held before the 2006 edition.
Since Jordan has already secured a spot being the host nation for next year’s event, the Philippines got the other spot in Group A after an impressive campaign that made football fans back home proud.
The Malditas secured a spot in the main draw with 1-all draw with Bahrain – thanks to Sara Castaneda.
The impressive run of the Filipina booters have boosted their chances of making the grade for the Malaysia Southeast Asian Games.