PRESS RELEASE: Filipinas set for Sydney camp, face PNG in friendly matches

SYDNEY, Australia – The Philippine Women’s National Team has just commenced its last training camp for 2022, with two friendly matches against Papua New Guinea lined up at the Western Sydney Wanderers Park on December 11 and 15. 

Coach Alen Stajcic has called up 23 players for the camp and the matches against a Papua New Guinea side that is ranked three places higher than the Filipinas at No. 50 in the FIFA rankings. 

The two matches are part of the team’s preparation for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup where the Filipinas are in Group A with co-host New Zealand, Switzerland and Norway. 

PFF President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta and PFF Secretary General Edwin Gastanes reiterated their full support to the team in its bid to be in its best form for the World Cup. 

“The PFF wants to make sure that the team continues its improvement and the best way to do that is through camps and friendly matches,” said Araneta. 

“It’s been a banner year for the Filipinas,” said Gastanes. “The team is aiming to finish the year strong as we look ahead to next year’s World Cup.”

Team Manager Jefferson Cheng credited the coaching staff and the players for their hard work and achievements this year. 

“I think we had a great year and we hope to end it with great results at our upcoming friendlies,” said Mr. Cheng. 

“And I expect even more commitment, more passion and more hard work from the entire Team as we enter the Women’s World Cup year,” he added. 

The Filipinas are a few weeks removed from their training camp in South America where they played Chile twice, drawing the first match, 1-1, in Viña del Mar and losing 0-1 in Santiago. 

There were encouraging signs from the Filipinas which they hope they could build on as they continue their World Cup buildup. 

“We’ve come so far in the last 11 months but the few months leading to the World Cup will be even more challenging as a group,” said Stajcic. “We have a tough road ahead of us if we want to be the best that we can be in the World Cup.” 

The team is supported by Jefferson Cheng, the Philippine Sports Commission and MVP Sports Foundation. 

Filipinas lineup

Name Position
ALCANTARA, Maya Taylor Rosales Midfielder
ANNIS, Tahnai Lauren Rivera Midfielder
BARKER, Alicia Balicoco Midfielder
BONTA, Reina Gabriela Defender
COWART, Jessica Rebecca Macayan Defender
CESAR, Malea Louise Engesser Defender
EGGESVIK, Sara Kristine Bantan Midfielder
FLANIGAN, Isabella Victoria Sola Forward
FONTANILLA, Kiara Fabiola Reyes Goalkeeper
FRILLES, Carleigh Bennett Midfielder
GUILLOU, Katrina Jacqueline Rivera Forward
HARRISON, Sofia Nicole Dador Defender
HAWKINSON, Kaya Tanada Midfielder
JOTA, Kaiya Rose Flintham Goalkeeper
MADARANG, Eva Silva Elipe Defender
MANITI, Chantelle Lourdes Mariona Defender
DAVIES-MCDANIEL, Olivia Isip Goalkeeper
QUEZADA, Quinley Mirielle Campomanes Forward
RANDLE, Dominique Jaylin Abrena Defender
RODRIGUEZ, Kathleen Camille Muldong Midfielder
SAWICKI, Jaclyn Katrina Demis Midfielder
SERRANO, Ma. Meryll Krysteen Rosales Midfielder
SHELTON, Tara-Allison Borromeo Defender


The Philippine Football Federation is national sports association for the sport of football in the Philippines recognized by FIFA, Asian Football Confederation, ASEAN Football Federation, Philippine Sports Commission, and Philippine Olympic Committee. 

The PFF is also in charge of sending national football teams in international competitions. It is headed by president Mariano Araneta, Jr. and general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes. 


The Philippine Women’s National Team, more commonly known as the Filipinas, is the women’s national football team in all international tournaments under the auspices of FIFA, AFC, AFF. 

In January 2022, the Philippines qualified to its maiden FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance owing to their semi-final finish in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022. The Filipinas also claimed its first international championship by winning the AFF Women’s Championship last July 2022 in Manila. 

The team is coached by Australian coach Alen Stajcic and is supported by team manager Jefferson Cheng, Philippine Sports Commission, and MVP Sports Foundation. 

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Cedelf Tupas 

PWNT Media Officer 


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