PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) chairman Monico Puentevella said Negros Occidental may host a Bacolod Leg of the ongoing 2010 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup if the proposal will be considered and approved by the AFF.
The event may be held on December 16 or 19 this year at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
The prestigious biennial football competition is participated by the national football teams from Southeast Asia.
On Wednesday, upon the request of the new Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano Araneta, chairman Puentevella got the go the signal from Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon to host the match.
The undertaking will be a collaborative effort of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, Negros Occidental Football Association (Nofa), PFF, Philippine Sports Commission and the POC.
"If the proposal pushes through, we would like to thank the new leadership of PFF for giving the Negrosanon a rare opportunity to host this highly anticipated football match. Since, we are situated at the center of the Philippines, football aficionados from all over the Visayas, especially Panay and Mindanao, would find it easier to come here. This will definitely be a super match," he said.
He congratulated the Philippine football team, saying they will give them a rousing welcome.
"If he finds the time, we will invite President Noynoy Aquino, too. He can be the number one cheerleader," Puentevella, who used to be a member of Fifa, said. (Jerome S. Galunan)
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