February 28, 2024

Filipinas defender Hali Long fired up after Manila leg of FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy tour

Filipinas defender Hali Long fired up after Manila leg of FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy tour
Philippine Women's National Football Team

The FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy tour made its way to Manila. Of course, the Philippine Women’s National Football team had to be a part of it.

On Wednesday, several members of the Filipinas got a close look at what exactly they’ll be fighting for in New Zealand roughly four months from now. After seeing the ultimate prize in women’s football, PWNFT defender Hali Long described what an incredible experience it was.

According to Long, it brought back memories of her squad’s monumental performance in the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

“Very surreal. I mean I wish the whole team could be here to see it up close and personal… Just how we felt when we qualified [for the FIFA Women’s World Cup]. It felt really surreal… I’m in another like “awe” moment.”

Aside from inducing nostalgia, the trophy’s presence also got the 28-year-old center back looking forward to giving a spirited effort in the global meet.

“You saw how entertaining and competitive the men’s World Cup was this past year. The women will do nothing short. We hope to provide more than entertainment. We hope to bring honor to the Philippines, and rise to the occasion of how monumental and legendary this stint is,” Long said.

The appearance of the Filipinas in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be a historic one. It’ll mark the first time a team from the Philippines will compete in the prestigious international tournament. Naturally, being in the same vicinity as the crown jewel of the women’s game will make these history-making ladies go through a roller-coaster of emotions.

 

Before heading to New Zealand, PWNFT is expected to participate in two tilts: the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in April and the Southeast Asian Games in May, as part of their buildup towards their number one goal.