The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) received a new mentor at the helm, signing Australian manager Mark Torcaso to spearhead the development of the Philippine Women’s Football program. He replaces current Perth Glory Club coach Alen Stajcic in the A-League Men’s Division, with the Federation announcing his appointment last Wednesday, August 23.
Following a successful A-League Women’s inaugural season, Torcaso looks to capitalize on the Philippine’s maiden FIFA World Cup appearance. The 42-year-old gaffer will debut on the sidelines during the squad’s Hangzhou, China Asian Games in September, followed by the Perth, Australia AFC Olympic Qualifiers in October, mentions PFF General Secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes.
Bound through an Oceanic-bred supporting cast, Australian Sinisha Cohadzic joins the national team’s assistant pool, simultaneously tasked to assume the reigns as the Philippine Girl’s U17 and Women’s U20 Head Coach. New Zealander Andrew Durante, a member of Torcaso’s coaching staff at Western United, is another addition to the coaching roster.
Sarina Bolden’s 24th-minute screamer during the 2023 FIFA World Cup evidences the program’s constant efforts to compete with the world’s best. Under new tutelage, Torcaso looks to balance both Australian and Philippine clubs en route to fortifying its fledging football narrative.
“It is truly an honor to take up this position with the Philippines. It is a dream come true to be taking on an international coaching opportunity,” says Torcaso. The Philippines team has been a great football story over the last year and it is really exciting to be able to work with this group. I can’t wait to get started and bring more success to this nation.”