China Women’s Football Team to play Olympic Qualifiers in Sydney
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The Chinese-Australian community will unite to support the China Women’s national football team, the ‘Steel Roses’ for the upcoming Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers. The team will play three matches in Sydney in the tournament that was originally to be played in Wuhan.
The Chinese Women’s team tackle Chinese Taipei at Campbelltown on Monday February 10, followed by a crucial match against the Australian Matildas on Thursday February 13 at Western Sydney Stadium in Parramatta.
Team China must finish in the top-two of their group to advance to the final phase of qualifying, a home-and-away playoff in March in which the winners will advance to the Tokyo Olympics in July 2020.
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The Chinese Women’s team’s spirits are high despite being forced to train in the corridors of their hotel in Brisbane, having been isolated as a safety precaution from the coronavirus.
Michael Deng, President of the Australian Chinese Sports Club is urging the Chinese community to support their Women’s team while they play in Sydney:
Despite our team being in isolation and some of our best players stuck in China we are still coming out to support our team. They are the underdogs but will do their best to show their strong Chinese spirit.
Chinese Football Association Vice President Sun Wen said: “All the players and staff members are in good health. There are difficulties, both physically and mentally, but our players are in good spirits.”
“For many of our girls this is their first time to play for an Olympic berth, and they would like to take on the challenge and to inspire all of the Chinese people who are fighting against the coronavirus at home with a solid performance on the field,” she added.
Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers Details:
Monday, 10 February 2020
Chinese Taipei v China PR @ 4.30pm (AEDT)
Thailand v Australia @ 7.30pm (AEDT)
Campbelltown Stadium, Leumeah
Tickets & more info: http://bit.ly/FFAfeb10
Thursday, 13 February 2020
Australia v China PR @ 7.30pm (AEDT)
Western Sydney Stadium, Parramatta
Tickets & more info: http://bit.ly/FFAfeb13