By FRANCIS SANTIAGO
Giant TV network ABS-CBN will be the official coveror of the much-awaited AFC Challenge Cup match between the Philippine Azkals and Mongolia on February 9, Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano Araneta said on Tuesday.
ABS-CBN beat out rivals GMA-7 and TV-5 for the broadcasting rights of the event, which will be held in the 15,000-seater Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
“It’s ABS-CBN,” said Araneta, adding that it was Dan Palami, the Azkals’ team manager, who negotiated with the three TV networks. Araneta and Palami were set to meet late yesterday to discuss the TV rights deal.
Palami could not be reached for comment.
No further detail was given by Araneta, although he said the contract signing between the two groups is set on Monday.
Reached for comment, Peter Musngi, ABS-CBN’s vice president for news and sports, said they are grateful that they have agreed in principle although the details of the deal have yet to be finalized.