Philippines Football Federation(PFF) confirmed Alen Stajcic, Australian coach will not be renewing his contract and stepped down from the Head coach of Philippines Women’s national team after the end of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 campaign.
“I would first and foremost like to express my gratitude to Sir Jeff for giving us the opportunity and entrusting us with the keys to the National Team.” Stajcic said in official statement of PFF
“Throughout nearly 20 months we went on a journey together as a Team from outsiders in South-East Asia to winning a match at a World Cup.”
“There are too many highs to reflect on semi-final of AFC Women’s Asian Cup, 1st ever competitive bronze medal at SEA Games, Winning the AFF in Manila, Scoring our 1st goal and beating European opposition, Record high FIFA rankings time after time”
“all of which were special and memorable and brought much deserved attention to the Team.”
“But without question, the two best experiences of my coaching career thus far were the last two World Cup matches.”
“Beating New Zealand on home soil and scoring our first World Cup goal and getting our first win was the things that dreams are made of.”
“And despite the scoreline, the last match against Norway, where 34000 patrons attended, with 30000 singing for the Filipinas, brought shivers down our spine. It showed that Football does belong in the Philippines, and that legacy is something we are all proud of.”
“On behalf of Coach Nahuel and myself, we would like to thank all the Coaching staff for your hard work, dedication and commitment.”
“To the players, I can only say, you were courageous, passionate, disciplined, and loyal to the Team, the Flag, and the Country. Your sacrifices should be long remembered by all Philippine Sports fans. To give hope and inspiration is the greatest of all achievements.”
“I wish everyone a great future and look forward to following the next chapters in the story.”
Stajcic, come to be a head coach of Philippines Women’s national team since 2021 and let the team advance to semi-final of AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 and qualified to finals of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, which is the first time in history of Philippines.
Credit Photo : PFF