The Cebuana Lhuillier-backed Philippine co-ed slow-pitch softball team is one win away from securing a WBSC Slow-Pitch World Cup.
The Philippines needed one more win to reach the finals of the inaugural Co-ed Slow-Pitch Softball Asia Cup in Pattaya, Thailand.
The Filipinos opened the Asian World Cup qualifier with back-to-back wins over China and Singapore on Wednesday but bowed to Chinese-Taipei on Thursday.
Their final assignment in the elimination round of the newest softball event for mixed teams is against Singapore on Friday.
"The team is on the right track. I am happy with their performance right now and we are just one win away from securing our World Cup slot that we have eyed for this tournament," Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (Asaphil) president Jean Henri Lhuillier said.
The two finalists in the tournament along with the winner of the battle for third place will advance to the World Cup which will take place later this year.
A win by the Philippines over Singapore will send the team into the gold medal match against Chinese Taipei and a loss will relegate the team to the bronze medal match.
Philippine coach Ana Maria Santiago expressed confidence that her team will get the job done.
"I am confident that the team will do well against Thailand and will go for the win to get that world cup slot. This is what we're working for in this training, and we will not let this opportunity pass by," Santiago said.2023-05-25T14:03:56Z dg43tfdfdgfd