PH Malditas players Bolden, Quezada to play in Japan's first women's pro football league

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 1) – Philippine Malditas stalwarts Sarina Bolden and Quinley Quezada will play in Japan's first women's professional football league, the Philippine Football Federation announced on Tuesday.

The PFF said they nominated Bolden and Quezada as the country's ASEAN players in the upcoming WE (Women Empowerment) League.

"Quinley and Sarina may be the first but certainly not the last Filipina players who will play in the Japan WE League. It will inspire other women football players in the country to continue developing their skills for a chance to play in the international stage," said PFF general secretary Atty. Ed Gastanes.

Bolden and Quezada were supposed to play together for Taiwanese football club Xinbei Hangyuan, but their stint did not push through due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 24-year old Quezada will join the JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies in the Japan league.

"I'm immensely grateful, excited for this opportunity, and I can't wait to get started!" Quezada said in an interview with PFF.

Bolden, best remembered for scoring the game-winning goal against Jordan in the 2018 AFC Asian Women's Cup, will be part of Chifure AS Elfen Saitama club.

"I thank the PFF for helping and supporting me throughout this process and the WE League for cultivating diversity, empowering women, and making it bigger than just soccer. I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be a part of the WE League's historic first season this year," said Bolden.

Bolden and Quezada last represented the Philippines during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.