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Stajcic needs to ‘crash’ Kiwis’ get together in Girls’s World Cup

Stajcic needs to ‘crash’ Kiwis’ get together in Girls’s World Cup


The Filipinas want to quash the notion that they are lightweights in the World Cup. —MARLO CUETO

The Filipinas wish to quash the notion that they’re lightweights within the World Cup. —MARLO CUETO

The valiant efficiency of the Philippines in its Fifa (Worldwide Federation of Affiliation Soccer) Girls’s World Cup debut right here in New Zealand isn’t misplaced on the host nation’s crew that’s on a excessive from a landmark victory on the grandest stage.

“Unbelievable progress, unbelievable enchancment from the Philippines,” mentioned Jitka Klimkova, the coach of New Zealand’s Soccer Ferns, who the Filipinas will hope to sneak up on for an unlikely outcome on Tuesday at Wellington Regional Stadium.

Klimkova, the Czech mentor instrumental within the Kiwis’ shock 1-0 upset of consensus Group A favourite Norway final Thursday in Auckland, understands that the Philippines can forge its personal giant-killing consequence. The 2 groups performed in a pleasant in sunny California final September, with New Zealand scoring a 2-1 victory. However the Kiwis needed to rally from a purpose deficit on Sarina Bolden’s rating earlier than halftime.

“I do know we have been really shocked with what we noticed within the first half, particularly after we have been scouting them. They have been a special crew that night,” Klimkova added throughout an early night prematch press convention right here in Wellington.

And the World Cup has been a hotbed for shock outcomes to this point. Aside from New Zealand’s upset of former champion Norway and the Philippines’ aggressive present in opposition to Switzerland, there have been shock attracts produced by Nigeria in opposition to Olympic champion Canada and Jamaica in opposition to powerhouse France.

“It’s nice for ladies’s soccer that oppositions just like the Philippines are rising, that they’re pushing us, they’re pushing all people who they play in opposition to. It’s at all times good for the sport when we have now aggressive video games,” mentioned Klimkova.

“And we all know that we’re not going to have a simple recreation within the World Cup,” she continued. “Each opposition that we face in opposition to has a purpose to be right here. They made the World Cup. We’re very humble, we all know will probably be laborious and that’s why we’re getting ready the identical means like we ready in opposition to Norway.”

Partisan crowd

One other win will probably ship New Zealand to the knockout levels for the first-time ever, a bid the Philippines intends to foil — or, on the very least, stall.

“We wanna crash the get together. And it’s probably not their get together, it’s everybody’s get together. It’s our get together as nicely,” mentioned coach Alen Stajcic, whose crew is bracing for a loud and partisan crowd on gamer day.

The Filipinas are banking on earlier experiences taking part in in entrance of a jeering viewers and the eagerness to defy the notion of being the perceived lightweights within the group.

“We performed Vietnam within the SEA (South East Asian) Video games [in 2022, and] that was the most important crowd I’ve ever seen play to this point,” mentioned striker Sarina Bolden after Sunday’s coaching session in Auckland.  “And to get that have of so many followers rooting in opposition to you is nice as a result of we’re taking part in in opposition to the host nation and it’s going to be 10 occasions louder and far power in opposition to us.

“However I really feel like we’re gonna feed on that, and we’re gonna have our Filipino supporters on the market who’re simply as loud. All of the stuff that we’ve ready introduced us to this second and I’ve little doubt that we’ll do nicely,” she added.

Stajcic performed down the pleasant as one thing that would affect how the sport would end up, however described it as a key second within the Filipinas’ World Cup buildup.

However for New Zealand, that exhibition match was essential.

“Taking part in Philippines in September may be very useful as a result of we perceive their ideas, their tendencies and that ought to assist us achieve success,” mentioned Klimkova.


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