The Philippine Football Federation said on Wednesday that the 2014 Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup qualifiers set to be played in Manila this week will still push through despite the reported pullout of Brunei Darussalam in the tournament.
PFF communications head Ebong Joson said that while they have not received any confirmation from the AFC regarding Brunei’s withdrawal, the tournament will still start as scheduled on Friday.
“Right now, we have not received any formal notice of any teams pulling out of the AFC CCQ Group E, and the PFF is moving forward with final preparations,” Joson told InterAKTV.
“Everything will go as planned. Including the Friday opening.”
Aside from the match between the Azkals and Brunei on Friday, Turkmenistan and Cambodia will also play in the first gaem of the day.
Asked about the possibility of the Azkals winning its match against Brunei by default, Joson said that it will only be discussed once the PFF has confirmed the pullout from the AFC.
Aside from Brunei, the Azkals will face Cambodia on Sunday and Turkmenistan on March 26 for the Challenge Cup qualifiers at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.