Bolden, Quezada lead PH team in AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 12) – Veteran booters Sarina Bolden and Quinley Quezada lead the 23-strong Philippine squad competing in the AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022 from Jan. 20 to Feb. 6 in India.

Joining Bolden and Quezada as the team's forwards are fellow national team stalwarts Eva Madarang, Chandler McDaniel, and Carleigh Frilles, who got promoted from the Under-14 squad.

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Bolden and Quezada are playing in the Japan WE League, while Madarang is showcasing her talents at the Segunda Division Pro in Spain.

Tahnai Annis remains the team captain for the Philippine side as she is joined by fellow midfielders Anicka and Sara Castañeda, Jessica Miclat, Camille Rodriguez, Malea Cesar, and former Under-16 booter Keanne Alamo.

Hali Long and Sofia Harrison banner the squad's defenders along with the debuting trio of Katrina Guillou, Dominique Randle, and Isabella Flanigan.

Guillou, a Filipino French player, is part of the Swedish club Pitea IF. Randle is a product of the University of Southern California, while Flanigan is a fresh talent from the Montverde Academy Athletics in Florida.

Completing the list of defenders are Morgan Brown, Ryley Bugay, and Tara Shelton.

Inna Palacios stays as the club's main goalkeeper, joined by Olivia McDaniel and new recruit Kiara Fontanilla from Eastern Oregon University.

The Alen Stajcic-mentored team will open their campaign against Thailand on Jan. 21 at 8:00 p.m. (Philippine time). They will next face heavyweights Australia on Jan. 24 at 6:00 p.m. and Indonesia on Jan. 27 at 10:00 p.m.

The Filipina booters must win at least two of their group stage matches to secure a quarterfinals spot.

The Philippine team finished in sixth place in the 2018 edition of the tournament, one spot away from nailing a berth in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.