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PIA Press Release
2010/03/23

RP street children team grabs Shield Trophy for soccer

Manila (23 March) -- Team Philippines pulled one more miracle when they scored a goal in extra time, to win the Shield Trophy during the First Deloitee Street Child World Cup in Durban, South Africa over the weekend.

The Shield Trophy is an award for the teams eliminated from the Championship but nevertheless tops the win in the losers' pool.

Beating host country South Africa, the Philippine team was reportedly thriving on miracles, from getting their 10-man team delegation their passports and then getting to South Africa, said Philippine coach Jess Landagan.

In the nine-nation soccer tournament, the Philippine Street Children Soccer Team was clearly the underdog when it faced host country, but after the win, the Philippine team went around the soccer pitch carrying the Philippine and South African flag, a sign of friendship, respect and discipline prompting African admiration, observers commented. (PIA) [top]

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