THE Cebu Football Association (CFA) doubles its effort to make sure the Cebu City Sports Center field will be ready for the city’s hosting of the Asian Football Confederation Presidents Cup next month.
After the 15th Aboitiz Football Cup, CFA took over the rehabilitation measures of the field and closely worked with the Cebu City Sports Center.
CFA Committee for Referees Head Engr. Rodney Orale once again took charge of reviving the pitch back to international standard. Orale said they would have to deal with more damage to the field caused by the Sinulog festivities.
In the friendly against Singapore last November, CFA only did some patching near the goal area. But right now, he is faced not only with the Sinulog aftermath but also the grueling hot weather conditions.
Last Wednesday, Orale bought a new 50-meter hose to replace the old one so it could water the entire field.
Last week, CCSC and CFA planted 1,000 square feet of carabao grass in the affected areas and will go for 1,000 square feet more this week.
Orale is confident that they are still within schedule to cure the field and present it in its best condition before the tournament.
“In one week’s time, the grass are expected to be deeply rooted to the soil with the right amount of fertilizers,” said Orale.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 13, 2013.