The Philippine Football Federation has appointed French coach Rabah Benlarbi as Assistant Coach of the Philippine Women’s National Team that will compete in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018.
The French coach had a lengthy playing career having suited for Paris Saint-Germain and RC Lens in France’s Ligue 1 before embarking on a more storied coaching role.
Benlarbi served as assistant coach for the Women’s National Team of China PR during the Rio 2016 Olympics, Italian side Juventus FC, the United Arab Emirates Men’s National Team, and the Japan Men’s National Team. He also served as head coach of the Myanmar Under-18 team that finished fourth place in the AFF Under-18 Championships in 2017.
Benlarbi holds a UEFA ‘A’ and UEFA Youth Elite ‘A’ Coaching License as well as a Master’s Degree in Soccer Strength and Conditioning.
“We welcome Coach Rabah Benlarbi to the Philippine Women’s National Team,” said PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes. “His international coaching experience and vast knowledge in players’ fitness and conditioning will help our Women’s team in their preparation for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018.”
The AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 kicks off on 6 April 2018. The Philippines are in Group A together with China PR, Jordan, and Thailand.
Photo from Rabah Benlarbi