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Bodø-born Sara Eggesvik vows to give all for Filipinas vs Norway

AUCKLAND – In the vast world of football, sometimes the lines that define national identity blur, giving rise to players who proudly represent a country different from their place of birth. Such is the case with Sara Eggesvik, a talented midfielder born in Norway but carrying the flag of the Philippines with pride and determination.

As the FIFA Women’s World Cup reaches its pinnacle, Eggesvik finds herself in a crucial moment of her career.

On Sunday, the Filipinas will face the formidable Gresshoppene (the Grasshoppers) in the closing match of Group A at Eden Park. Despite the personal connection to her birth country, Eggesvik knows that when the game begins, her loyalty lies solely with the Philippines.

“We have to put that aside when the game starts. I am playing for the Philippines. I will do my best to get a win and earn points,” Eggesvik declared with unwavering resolve after the Filipinas’ historic 1-0 upset victory over the Ferns at Sky Stadium in Wellington last Tuesday.

Handpicked by Australian coach Alen Stajcic, Eggesvik’s football journey took a unique turn, transcending borders and crossing continents. Born in the coastal city of Bodø, situated 1,188.5 kilometers northeast of the Norwegian capital Oslo, and nestled near the Arctic Circle, her heritage embodies a fascinating blend of cultures.

It was during last year’s 10th AFF Women’s Championship that Filipino fans first witnessed Eggesvik’s brilliance. Her mastery of the midfield and fluid play were on full display, contributing significantly to the Filipinas’ triumph as they clinched the country’s first major international title at the historic Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

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One moment that stands etched in the memories of fans was Eggesvik’s precise cross inside the box that set up striker Sarina Bolden’s smashing header in the 24th minute during their win against New Zealand in Dunedin. This goal not only secured a vital victory but also instilled a new sense of hope and determination within the team.

2023-FIFA-WWC-PHI-vs-NZL-Sara-Eggesvik Bodø-born Sara Eggesvik vows to give all for Filipinas vs Norway Filipinas Football News  - philippine sports news“I remember getting the ball in the 16-meter box and just crossed it. It was an amazing header by Sarina over three defenders. Although it was only one goal, we had to keep them away from the goal the rest of the way. It was a team effort. I am just so glad and grateful. I am so proud of this team,” she reflected with deep emotion.

The victory against the favored Ferns served as a testament to the Filipinas’ unwavering spirit and determination. Eggesvik’s eyes welled with tears as she acknowledged that the team had demonstrated their ability to compete at the highest level, never shying away from the fight.

“Our games have shown that it is possible to get a win, to get a goal, and earn points. That motivates us. I am glad that we are not out already,” Eggesvik expressed with a mix of joy and determination.

Amid the accolades, Eggesvik remains grounded, attributing much of the team’s success to Stajcic and the coaching staff, whose relentless dedication has pushed the Filipinas to grow and evolve with each passing day.

Looking ahead to the next challenge, a decisive match against top-ranked Norwegians, including the likes of superstar striker Ada Hegerberg, Eggesvik knows the path will be arduous, but not impossible.

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“We have to restart again and think of the next game. Because it is coming soon, it is only a few days to go. We have to take advantage of what we have. We want to see if we can create trouble and be competitive. To keep our heads down and keep fighting,” she emphasized.

For Eggesvik, the upcoming match holds not only the promise of advancing to the knockout round but also the potential to inspire a nation. As a “small football country,” she understands the significance of every triumph and its impact on football development back home.

“Going to the knockout stage would mean a lot. We can inspire a lot of girls and boys to start playing football and show that it is possible to do something great even if you are from the Philippines,” Eggesvik stressed with passion.

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