PH begins quest for Women's Asian Cup return in upcoming qualifiers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 13) – The Philippine Women's National Football Team is ready for its quest to return to Asia's most prestigious football tournament.

The Filipinas left for Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Sunday for the 2022 Asian Football Confederation Women's Asian Cup qualifiers set later this month.

The Philippine women's football team, who are part of Group F in the qualifiers, will face Nepal on Sept. 18 and Hong Kong on Sept. 24. All games will be played at 6 p.m. Philippine time.

Team captain and goalkeeper Inna Palacios leads the 22-women roster and will be joined by fellow 2019 Southeast Asian Games teammates Sara Castañeda, Camille Rodriguez, Hali Long, and Alisha del Campo.

Olivia Davies McDaniel and Isabelle Mapanao, who will both make their debut in the women's seniors squad, will join Palacios as the team's goalkeepers.

Aside from Long, the Filipina defenders competing in Uzbekistan are Ryley Bugay, Sofia Harrison, Chelo Hodges, Patricia Tomanon, and Tara Shelton.

Manning the midfield are Castañeda, Rodriguez, Tahnai Annis, Malea Cesar, Anicka Castañeda, Charisa Lemoran, Rocelle Mendaño, Jessica Miclat, Alyssa Ube, and Camille Wilson.

The strikers for the Marlon-Maro mentored squad are Del Campo and seniors team debutants Arianna Lepage and Chandler McDaniel.

The Philippines, currently ranked 68th in the latest FIFA ranking for female booters, finished in sixth place in the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup held in Amman, Jordan.