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Marlon Maro named new coach of women’s national football team

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Former national youth team coach Marlon Maro is eyeing a successful campaign as he leads the women’s national football team in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers in September.

The veteran tactician beamed with excitement following his appointment as the newest head coach of the Philippine Malditas, taking charge of the prestigious tourney that will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The Philippine side is bunched in Group F with Nepal and Hong Kong, in a bid to make it on top and advance to the next round of the tourney.

“I am honored to be given the trust by the PFF to lead the Women’s National Team as it prepares to qualify for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup,” Maro said in a statement.

A former captain of the men’s national team in the early 1990s, Maro is considered as one of the most prominent coaching figures in Philippine football

The 56-year old Maro led the College of Saint Benilde to its historic NCAA championship in 2010 before calling the shots for Philippine Navy FC in the defunct United Football League.

He was later on appointed as the head tactician for the U-18 and U-23 youth teams from 2015 to 2018 then served as an interim coach for Davao Aguilas in the Philippines Football League (PFL).

Maro said the women’s team has already started its online training sessions and is tipped to bolster their tournament buildup anytime soon.
The said tourney also serves as the qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023.

“The main goal of the team is not just to win an international tournament, but also, and more importantly, to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup,” Maro added.

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