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Marlon Maro takes charge of Philippines women’s national team

Manila: The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has named former international Marlon Maro as head coach of the women’s national team.

Maro, 56, takes charge of a Philippines team that has seen consistent success over the last four years, which included the team qualifying for the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2018 and achieving its highest FIFA ranking of 65 in 2020.

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Maro's immediate focus will preparing Philippines for the Qualifiers of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022.

Philippines are in Group F of the Qualifiers alongside Hong Kong and hosts Nepal, with the matches scheduled for September.

The AFC Women’s Asian Cup also serves as the qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023.

The vastly experienced Maro was previously the PFF Coaching Educator Head and was head coach of the Philippine Men’s U23 national team from 2015 to 2017.

“I am honoured 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,” said Maro.

“The Women’s national team rose through the ranks in recent years and 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.”

Photo: Philippine Football Federation

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