AFTER the Asean Football Federation (AFF) has declared Panaad Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City unsuitable to host the much-awaited AFF 2010 Suzuki Cup semifinal match between the Philippines and Indonesia on December 16 and 19, 2010, the provincial government of Negros Occidental is looking forward of upgrading the sports facility and meet the international requirements.
According to Provincial Sports Coordinator and Executive Assistant Angel Verdeflor, Panaad Stadium has an international-standard football field however needs to work on its lighting and setting capacities being among the reasons AFF excluded from the lists of venues for the said hostilities.
Verdeflor further disclosed that during his conversation with Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Richie Garcia, the latter stressed that since Panaad do not have passable lighting capacity, international media groups that cover the event live likewise have poor coverage output.
Meanwhile, AFF has already come out with the schedule of semifinal matches and venues.
Unfortunately, our Philippine team will be playing in the opponent's field on December 16 and 19, in the Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta.
Sun Star Bacolod