Former All Whites defender and Wellington Phoenix legend Andrew Durante has been appointed assistant coach for the Philippine women’s national team.
Durante (42) will assist newly-appointed national coach Mark Torcaso after working for him at Melbourne A-League club Western United.
The pair have been recruited by the Philippine Football Federation to replace Australian Alen Stajcic who coached the Filipinas at the FIFA Women’s World Cup at which they beat New Zealand 1-0 in Wellington.
Main photo: Andrew Durante … assistant coach of the Filipinas.
Stajcic has joined the Perth Glory for their men’s A-League campaign.
Durante, a 27-cap All White, played 358 A-League matches, including 273 with the Phoenix. He finished his playing career with Western United in 2021 and moved into coaching at the club.
Torcaso and Durante will get their first taste of international coaching with the Philippine team’s participation at September’s Asian Games in China, and the AFC Olympic Qualifiers in Perth in October.
Philippine Football Federation general secretary Atty Edwin Gastanes said:
“It is important that we continue the momentum from the Filipinas’ historic FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in New Zealand
“We have a motivated and accomplished coach in Mark Torcaso, together with his staff, ready to lead our women’s teams in upcoming competitions.”