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MANILA, Philippines — Malditas no more.
Philippine national women’s soccer team head coach Marlon Maro said it’s time to remove the nickname “Malditas” because of its bad connotation.
“I don’t know how it started because when I stopped coaching women in 2007, there was no name to this thing. Personally, if you ask me, don’t like the word ‘malditas’ because it doesn’t represent the beauty of a Filipina. It doesn’t exactly represent the Filipinas,” Maro said at the PSA Forum on Tuesday
“Now that I’m back on the women’s team, I’ve told them to stop using this ‘maldita’ word,” he added. “We’re trying to find a new one that is truly representative of the world, the Filipino people.”
It is true that the label does not suit a team that ranks among the best in Asia after booking a spot in next year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
“I now use this platform as a coach of the team, to stop using ‘maldita’ because these are not ‘maldita’ players, they are beautiful, they are good, they are intelligent and they are very disciplined,” said Maro . “So I think we need to look again for a name that we should be proud of, our Filipinas.”
Taking place in India in January, the Asian Cup serves as a qualifier for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where a Philippine team has never been before.
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